Two Chicago men and a Freeport woman were arrested after a drug investigation led to a high-speed pursuit through Woodstock Thursday afternoon.
The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office said they were conducting a narcotics investigation near Wonder Lake and initiated a traffic stop on a 2003 Chrysler minivan around 2 p.m. Thursday.
Three people, identified as Norman Brown, 32, Destiny Hall, 19, and William Benson, 40, were inside the vehicle.
Hall, who was driving the minivan, pulled over for deputies. During the stop, deputies asked Hall to step out of the vehicle.
Brown, who was one of the passengers, climbed into the driver’s seat and fled with the van and the other passenger, Benson.
Deputies pursued the Chrysler westbound where it traveled around a rural area west of Woodstock, police said.
As the Chrysler headed back towards Woodstock, members of the sheriff’s office discontinued the pursuit as speeds reached over 90 mph.
A perimeter of the area was established with the assistance of the Woodstock Police Department and McHenry County Conservation Police Department.
Deputies located the Chrysler a short time later stopped on the south side of Woodstock near Route 47 and Route 14.
Deputies discovered that Brown had fled on foot while Benson remained in the vehicle.
Witnesses provided deputies with detailed information on where Brown had fled and the man was located hiding in an abandoned mobile trailer.
Brown surrendered and was taken into custody without incident. An ambulance was called for Brown for an unrelated health issue.
Paramedics evaluated him and released him back to the sheriff’s office. Brown, Hill and Benson were all arrested and transported to the McHenry County jail.
No one was injured during this incident, but sometime after the pursuit was terminated Brown drove the Chrysler into a parked car causing property damage, police said.
45.5 grams of cannabis, 7 Hydrocodone pills and 30 Dextroamphetamine pills were recovered following the chase.
Brown, of Chicago, was charged with possession of cannabis with intent to deliver, two counts of aggravated fleeing and eluding, unlawful possession of cannabis, driving on a suspended driver’s license and reckless driving.
Benson, of Chicago, and Hall, of Freeport, were charged with possession of cannabis with intent to deliver and unlawful possession of cannabis. Hall was also charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance.