Teen, Age 18, Apprehended After Stealing Car, Leading Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies on Car Chase

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Crashed Kia Stinger after it was stolen in Volo Friday morning, December 15, 2023 (SOURCE: Lake County Sheriff's Office)
Crashed Kia Stinger after it was stolen in Volo Friday morning, December 15, 2023 (SOURCE: Lake County Sheriff’s Office).

A teen is in custody after stealing a car in Volo and leading police on a car chase Friday morning.

Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies responded about 7:55 a.m., Friday, December 15, 2023 to a report of a stolen vehicle in the block of 1100 Bellows Way in Volo. The victim reported he went outside and noticed his 2022 Kia Stinger was stolen from his driveway. The victim reviewed video surveillance and observed that a driver of a white SUV pulled up to his driveway at approximately 7:00 a.m. Two males, described in their late teens-early twenties exited the SUV and approached the Kia. One of the males got into the driver’s seat of the Kia and backed down the driveway.

Lake County Sheriff’s deputies worked with the victim to track the stolen vehicle in real-time. Sheriff’s telecommunicators were able to find the stolen vehicle driving on the roadway, utilizing traffic cameras. Telecommunicators and responding deputies noted the Kia was in a caravan with the white SUV (determined to be a Hyundai Tucson), and a black Dodge Charger. Deputies determined the Hyundai was stolen from Lincolnshire and used in an earlier attempted vehicular hijacking with a firearm in Round Lake. The Dodge Charger was stolen from Lindenhurst.

Lake County Sheriff’s deputies located the caravan of stolen vehicles in the area of Green Bay Road and 33rd Street in Beach Park. Sheriff’s deputies attempted to stop the stolen vehicles, however the drivers of all three vehiclwes fled. Sheriff’s deputies pursued the vehicles, in a pursuit that lasted approximately four miles. During the pursuit, the driver of the Dodge Charger continued southbound when the drivers of the Kia and Hyundai turned on a side street in Waukegan. As the chase continued, the driver of the Kia struck a utility pole in the area of Williamsburg Drive and Berwick Boulevard, in Waukegan. The driver and passenger fled from the Kia. The driver was quickly apprehended by one of the pursuing deputies. The passenger was seen by a witness entering the stolen Hyundai and the driver of the Hyundai again fled.

Nobody was injured in the incident. The driver of the stolen Kia, an 18-year-old, is currently in custody pending review of the incident with the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office.



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