WILMINGTON, IL – Around 12:40 a.m. Sunday morning, a high-speed police chase on Interstate 55 in Grundy County led to a multi-vehicle accident and a manhunt for a suspect.
The pursuit involved the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois State Police, Braidwood Police Department, and Will County Sheriff’s Office.
According to Grundy County Sheriff’s Police, it began with an allegedly stolen vehicle out of Joliet being detected by a FLOCK camera in the area of Rt. 129 in Gardner, prompting Grundy County Sheriff’s Deputies to respond. A deputy located the stolen vehicle and attempted to stop it, but the suspects fled, getting onto I-55 northbound.
A deputy set up spike strips on I-55 at mile marker 233, which successfully stopped the stolen vehicle.
Four people bailed from the vehicle, with three tracked and apprehended by Grundy County K-9 unit: Roxie A. Boling of Wilmington, Melissa M. Ferguson of New Lenox, and Ivan S. Davis of Joliet.
One suspect remains at large.
Ferguson was charged with Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance, Resisting Arrest, and Criminal Trespass to a Stolen Motor Vehicle, and was transported to the Grundy County Jail. Boling, who allegedly ingested 2 grams of heroin and complained of chest pains, was transported to a local hospital and faces multiple charges in Grundy County as well as warrants from the US Marshals Office and Will County.
Davis, who also complained of chest pains, is on parole from the Illinois Department of Corrections and was charged with Criminal Trespass to a Stolen Motor Vehicle and Resisting Arrest.
The incident resulted in a multi-vehicle accident, and multiple ambulances were dispatched for injuries and overdose cases. Wilmington, Coal City, and Braceville were called to assist, while police continue to actively search for the fourth suspect.
The area remains under heavy police presence, and motorists are advised to avoid the area.
As the investigation and manhunt continue, updates will be provided.