A wanted man led police on a nearly hour-long chase through Wauconda that ended in a Mundelein neighborhood when the non-compliant suspect was bitten by a police canine.
The Wauconda Police Department received calls of a traffic complaint around 1:35 p.m. Thursday in the 1100 block of Van Buren Street in Wauconda.
Wauconda Police Department Public Information Officer Heather Cognac said a man was driving up and down the street with the muffler of his vehicle dragging on the ground.
The man was also yelling at people, Cognac told Lake and McHenry County Scanner.
An officer arrived on the scene and found the 36-year-old suspect was agitated. He refused to stop for the officer and fled the scene in his black 1998 Chevrolet pickup truck.
Cognac said the pursuit went through Wauconda down various streets including Bonner Road, Fairfield Road, Route 176, and Gilmer Road.
The suspect drove his Chevrolet recklessly during the pursuit — at times driving off the roadway for no reason, into opposite lanes of traffic and through a backyard of a home. Speeds exceeded 80 mph.
At one point, the Chevrolet was involved in a crash with another vehicle near Gilmer Road and Fremont Center Road in unincorporated Mundelein.
Cognac said paramedics were called to the scene to evaluate the victims of the crash. Cognac said she did not have information yet on whether the victims were injured in that crash.
The Chevrolet continued fleeing police after the collision. The suspect drove into the Grand Dominion by Del Webb neighborhood in Mundelein.
The pursuit came to an end in the neighborhood after the suspect tried driving his Chevrolet truck into a marsh area in the 3800 block of Canton Circle.
The suspect was non-compliant with officers and he threatened to burn Lake County sheriff’s canine Duke with his lit cigarette, Cognac said.
Officers released Duke, who bit the suspect and officers were able to arrest the man.
Paramedics transported the suspect to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville for treatment of the dog bite.
Cognac said that the suspect was wanted on multiple warrants and he was on parole. Charges for the pursuit are pending.