By The Chicago Times Staff
March 22, 2022
LAKE COUNTY, IN – Two Illinois men led police in a high-speed chase through Indiana in a stolen vehicle.
On the late evening of March 20, Chicago resident Michael “Lead Foot” Lewis Jr, 26, and Anthony Wiley, 32, of Richton Park, were observed failing to stop at a red light located at Interstate 65 and US-231 while traveling in a stolen vehicle. According to the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, Lewis and Wiley were traveling in a stolen Jeep Grand Cherokee that had evaded Munster police earlier in the evening.
Lake County officers pursued the Jeep as it entered northbound to I-65 and accelerated to speeds exceeding 100 mph. As the high-speed pursuit continued, Lewis and Wiley weaved in and out of traffic and drove down the wrong way on a ramp in an effort to escape police vehicles positioned to block their escape. Officer’s also observed Lewis and Wiley sideswipe a civilian vehicle before running over tire deflating police struck stop sticks. Once the vehicle was disabled, Lewis and Wiley fled the scene and ran westbound toward a local high school. Both criminals were later captured and placed into custody.
According to police, the Jeep Grand Cherokee was reported stolen in Chicago back in November 2021 and had Massachusetts plates that were stolen from the University of Notre Dame in January of 2022.
Lewis has been charged with auto theft and resisting arrest while Wiley has been charged with two counts of resisting arrest.