Oak Brook, IL – A suspicious car at Oak Brook Mall turned into a heart-pounding high-speed chase, ending in a dramatic arrest.
According to police reports, it began Saturday at 7:24 p.m. when an Oak Brook officer on patrol at the Mall noticed three people acting strange inside a vehicle and around the mall near Macy’s. When the officer approached, the car took off, striking a parked car and injuring a bystander before leading the police on the pursuit. The corresponding chase reportedly reached speeds of up to 100 mph.
Eventually, the vehicle came to a stop after the driver, 31-year-old Chevelle Carter, hit spike strips, leading to their arrest along with two others. During the search a short time later, police recovered multiple loaded firearms, one of which was reported stolen from Indiana. Officers later learned Carter had a fugitive warrant out of Lake County, Indiana, for probation violation on vehicle theft charges.
“What I find extremely troubling about this recent epidemic of people fleeing from the police is that we had two cases this past weekend involving a defendant allegedly fleeing from police that caused injury to an innocent person,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in a press release. “We are all very thankful that the injury sustained by the innocent man in the parked car does not appear to be serious. This phenomenon of ignoring the police and putting innocent motorists in harm’s way must stop before someone gets killed.
Carter’s bond was set at $75,000 Sundays. The investigation continues as authorities work to uncover more details.