Reckless Driver Eastbound on Railroad Tracks from Palatine Is Captured in Mount Prospect


NEWS FLASH: Railroad tracks shred tires, as in this case of a Buick driven eastbound on the Union Pacific Northwest Line of Metra during the morning rush hour Monday.

Palatine police and Arlington Heights police received an alert about 6:00 a.m. Monday to be on the lookout for for a reckless driver eastbound on Northwest Highway from Palatine Road. About three minutes later a witness reported that a Buick was eastbound on the railroad tracks of the Union Pacific Northwest Line from Wilke Road.

A few minutes later Mount Prospect police spotted a vehicle driving with a missing tire and sparks flying from the remaining parts of the wheel and axle. The vehicle crashed into a fixed object near Owen and Central Road. The driver was immediately taken into custody and transported to Mount Prospect Police Department Headquarters.

Arlington Heights police looked for the missing wheel along the railroad tracks, and found the wheel in the 500 block of West Northwest Highway near the Ridge/Walnut Avenue intersection.

Mount Prospect police are investigating the case.

No tire and part of a wheel after damage from driving on the railroad tracks Monday morning.

Grayish-brown Buick on Hillside Towing flatbed after the towing operator arrives from the Mount Prospect crash scene to pick up the vehicle’s tire in Arlington Heights.

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