A retail theft suspect was in custody Sunday night following a high-speed chase that ended with a Shorewood police car in a ditch at Route 59 and 143rd Street in Plainfield.
The incident began shortly before 4 p.m. Sunday, when were called to the at 1155 W. Jefferson St. on an alleged retail theft case, Shorewood Sgt. Jason Barten said.
As officers attempted to apprehend the suspect, whose identity was not revealed, he broke free, injuring one of the officers and fleeing in a car, Barten said.
The two officers pursued him, and the chase ended up on northbound Route 59. The suspect abandoned his vehicle at the , 14105 S. Route 59, just north of 143rd Street, and took off on foot, Plainfield Sgt. Mike Fisher said.
His action caused the pursuing officers to drive their squad car into a ditch, but they were able to follow him on foot and make the arrest, Barten said.
The squad car accident is being investigated by the Illinois State Police, but they directed calls for more information to the Shorewood Police Department. Barten said he could not discuss the situation or provide any details about the extent of the car's damage.
will discuss the case Monday, Barten said. Charges will likely be filed against the suspect overnight, he said.
The identities of the officers were also not made public. One received minor injuries in the crash, and both he and the officer injured at the store were taken to Provena St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, where they were treated and released.
Fisher said Plainfield did not handle any aspect of the case other than to assist the Shorewood officers as they made the arrest and to direct traffic around the accident. Both lanes of northbound Route 59 were closed for a short amount of time, he said.