A Zion man was arrested after prosecutors say he fled from police at a high rate of speed and led them on a chase that came to an end when officers deployed spike strips.
Luis F. Vasquez, 23, of Zion, was charged with felon in possession of a firearm, two counts of aggravated fleeing to elude, unlawful display of title and driving while unlicensed.
Officers with the Zion Police Department spotted Vasquez driving on November 29, according to Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Emma Smoler.
The officers ran the plates and learned they did not match the vehicle.
Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Vasquez but he accelerated to speeds of approximately 90 mph in a 30 mph zone, Smoler said during a bond hearing.
Vasquez allegedly failed to obey stop signs at Douglas Drive and Timothy Street, Douglas Drive & Lorelei Drive, 9th Street & Lorelei Drive, and 9th Street & Green Bay Road.
Officers deployed spike strips to disable the vehicle, at which time Vasquez fled into a power plant by scaling a fence.
Officers arrested Vasquez in the plant and he admitted the car was his and that he was driving it, Smoler said.
A search of the car revealed a Glock 22 fully loaded in the center console.
Vasquez is on parole in multiple states and has multiple felony convictions in Lake County, Smoler said.
Lake County Judge Christopher Lombardo ordered Vasquez held on a $200,000 bond.
He remains held in the Lake County Jail and would need to post $20,000 cash in order to be released.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for December 20.