Attempted Grayslake Traffic Stop; Crash in Stolen Vehicle Kills Driver, Injures 2 Passengers

Grayslake police followed a reported stolen vehicle heading north on Hainesville Road near Washington Street at 8:50 p.m. Wednesday. When police activated their emergency lights to attempt a traffic stop, the driver fled. Police terminated any pursuit of the vehicle when the driver fled at high speed. Minutes later the vehicle was discovered crashed by another police officer that was not involved in the initial traffic stop.

A 2014 Chevrolet Cruze was reported stolen out of Fox Lake between December 8, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. and December 9, 2016 at 3:00 a.m.

Police activated their emergency lights and attempted to stop the vehicle, but when the driver fled northbound on Hainesville Road at a high rate of speed, the pursuit was terminated, and police were unable to maintain visible contact with the vehicle at Shorewood Drive.

Minutes after the termination of the pursuit, another Grayslake police officer not involved in the chase, discovered the vehicle rolled upside down in a retention pond near Hainesville Road and Rollins Road and Gateway Park. The police officer requested paramedics, and called for assistance from other police officers.

Several other Grayslake officers entered the pond to try and rescue people in the vehicle. Two women were pulled from the partially submerged vehicle before Greater Round Lake Area Fire Protection District and Round Lake Beach Police officers arrived on the crash scene.

The driver was removed from the vehicle, and all three occupants were transported to a hospital by firefighter/paramedics.

The driver was pronounced dead at the hospital, and his identification is being withheld pending notification of his immediate family.

An autopsy was scheduled for late Thursday.

Round Lake Beach Police and the Major Crash Assistance Team of Lake County are investigating the fatal crash.

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