By T.C. Mayfield, The Chicago Times
March 24, 2023
VILLA PARK, IL – Two Aurora male juveniles, one of which was allegedly armed, have been charged in leading police on a high-speed chase in a stolen car through Villa Park and Westchester.
According to police, on March 21, 2023, around 9:55 am, a Villa Park police officer located a recently reported stolen Honda CRV out of Naperville traveling eastbound on Roosevelt Road. The officer attempted to pull over the Honda which allegedly fled from the officer reaching speeds in excess of 100 mph.
Police said the pursuit continued along I-88 and I-290 where the driver exited the expressway on 25th Avenue and that the pursuit ended when the Honda came to a dead end on Derby Lane in Westchester. After allegedly fleeing the vehicle the juveniles were later located in a barber shop approximately one quarter mile away and taken into custody.
Investigators also discovered a loaded Polymer 80 9mm handgun without a serial number underneath a pile of wood along the route the juveniles allegedly ran when they fled. Police said that one of the juveniles was previously in possession of the handgun and attempted to hide it from authorities when he fled.
One of the juveniles, 17, has been charged with one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, one felony count of aggravated fleeing and eluding a police officer, and two counts of misdemeanor reckless driving. The other juvenile, 15, is charged with three felony counts of unlawful use of a weapon and one misdemeanor count of criminal trespass to a vehicle.
“It is alleged that for the second time this week, a suspect attempted to outrun authorities. Additionally, for the second time this week, a suspect who allegedly attempted to flee from police officers was apprehended and charged. This behavior is extremely dangerous and puts not only the accused, but the officers involved as well as the motoring public at tremendous risk. The message is clear, if you hear sirens and see flashing lights behind you, pull over. Leading police on a high-speed chase is not the answer and will only make matters worse.” said DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin.