Two teens spotted driving at a high speed in a stolen Tesla in Vernon Hills were taken into custody with the help of Lake County Sheriff Canine Dax.
A Lake County sheriff’s sergeant was on patrol in the area of Route 60 and Route 21 in Vernon Hills around 12:30 a.m. Saturday.
The sergeant was passed at a high rate of speed by a red Tesla, according to Lake County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Christopher Covelli.
The sheriff’s sergeant was able to obtain the registration of the vehicle, which registered out of Vernon Hills.
Lake County Sheriff’s Telecommunicators contacted Vernon Hills Police Dispatch and learn the vehicle had just been stolen, Covelli said.
The driver of the vehicle continued at an “extremely high rate of speed.”
The vehicle was located disabled a short time later in the area of Route 41 and Route 176 in unincorporated Lake Bluff.
Lake Bluff police officers saw two males run westbound from the Tesla into a wooded area, Covelli said.
Officers established a perimeter and Lake County Sheriff’s Canine Dax and other sheriff’s deputies responded.
Dax began an immediate track and located a 17-year-old male, who ran away from Dax directly into a waiting police officer that took him into custody.
A short time later, a second 17-year-old male was located hiding by Dax in the wooded area, Covelli said. He too was taken into custody.
Both juveniles, who reside in Grayslake, were turned over to the Vernon Hills Police Department so they could further their investigation.