A video captured the moment a prisoner who escaped from police near Deerfield and was taken into custody following a high-speed chase trying to escape from custody a second time in Wisconsin.
Wesley R. Anderson, 42, of Genoa City, Wisconsin, was being transported by two Park Ridge police officers to the Lake County Jail around 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
Anderson had several active arrest warrant out of Lake County, court records show.
Officers noticed Anderson “acting erratically” in the back seat while en route to the jail, according to Park Ridge Police Department Executive Officer Tom Gadomski.
The officers also noticed the man, who was handcuffed with his hands behind his back, had slipped the handcuffs in front of him.
The officers pulled their squad car over on the shoulder of northbound Interstate 294 near Lake Cook Road in Deerfield.
The officers advised dispatch of their location and requested assistance from Illinois State Police due to Anderson’s behavior.
Gadomski said the officers were attempting to re-secure the offender and de-escalate his behavior when he broke free.
Officers used a taser on Anderson but it was ineffective.
Anderson ran across the northbound lanes of traffic, jumped over the concrete barrier and continued to run into the southbound lanes.
Anderson approached a maroon-colored Ford van that had stopped in the southbound lanes of Interstate 294. He allegedly physically attacked someone and stole the car.
Anderson drove off in the Ford van and fled from the Park Ridge officers.
Gadomski said the offender was in the area of Lake Cook Road and Caribou Crossing in Northbrook around 3:20 p.m.
He exited the Ford van and proceeded to commit a second carjacking where he took a white Chevrolet Camaro by physical force from its owner.
Police were able to locate the Chevrolet through the vehicle’s OnStar locator service, Gadomski said.
The vehicle was tracked to Wisconsin and the Pleasant Prairie Police Department and Kenosha County Sheriff’s Office located it.
“Through excellent communication and coordination we were able to intercept him as he entered our state,” the Pleasant Prairie Police Department said.
An approximately four-minute high-speed pursuit ensued and was captured on police dash camera that was released Tuesday.
The stolen vehicle drove into the opposite lanes of traffic to avoid spike strips during the chase.
Police worked with OnStar to slow down and eventually disable the vehicle as it traveled onto Interstate 94 from 104th Street.
Anderson was taken into custody without further incident after being ordered out of the car at gunpoint. He was still in possession of the handcuffs he was placed in by Park Ridge police.
The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Office said Anderson was transported to an area hospital later the same evening for medical clearance.
Anderson attempted to overpower and attack two sheriff’s deputies and escape again.
His attempt was unsuccessful and deputies were able to subdue him, which was captured on body-worn camera and released Tuesday.
Anderson was transported to the Kenosha County Jail where he remains.
He was charged with attempting to disarm a peace officer, reckless endangering safety, vehicle operator fleeing to elude an officer, operating a vehicle without consent and battery to law enforcement officer.
Kenosha County Sheriff David Zoerner said “great assistance and communication” from the Pleasant Prairie Police Department, Wisconsin State Patrol and Wisconsin Department of Transportation led to the arrest of Anderson.
“Maybe one day, Illinois criminals will realize it is best to stay out of Kenosha County!” the sheriff’s office said.
Anderson’s bond was set at $150,395, which he would need to post the full amount to be released.