Two have been charged after multiple high-end cars were stolen from a car dealership in Barrington, which resulted in four separate crashes, including a police car that was rammed.
The Barrington Police Department responded around 8 a.m. Sunday to the Motor Werks, located at 1475 South Barrington Road in Barrington.
Several vehicles were stolen from the business, which is a collection of dealerships including Porsche, INFINITI, Honda, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
Officers were notified about suspicious activity at the business, police officials said.
Officers arrived and observed numerous offenders stealing vehicles from the Motor Werk’s car lot. The security gate had also been opened.
An officer positioned his squad car across the exit to the dealership to block the suspects.
One of the offenders, identified as Tavarius Jackson, 27, of Chicago, was in a stolen vehicle attempting to exit.
Police officials said Jackson accelerated and intentionally rammed the squad car.
The impact of the crash allowed the other suspects to leave the scene at a high rate of speed.
The offenders caused four separate crashes at various locations nearby due to their reckless driving at high rates of speed.
The crashes resulted in injuries to five people and significant property damage, police officials said.
Numerous police departments flooded the area and officers were able to take multiple suspects into custody.
An active manhunt ensued for one of the suspects who fled on foot from the dealership.
Charges were filed against Jackson for two counts of aggravated possession of a stolen motor vehicle, criminal damage to property, aggravated battery to a peace officer and aggravated fleeing to elude.
A second suspect, Lamont Jackson, 23, of Chicago, was charged with aggravated fleeing to elude and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
Both offenders were on parole at the time for prior convictions.
Parole violation warrants have been issued for them. Bond information was not immediately available for the two.