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.
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