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Sunday, July 16 2023 03:31

The prisoner escaped on I-294, carjacks 2 before being arrested at WI: police

PARK RIDGE, Ill. (WLS) — An escaped prisoner en route to the Lake County Jail Friday afternoon and hijacked two people before being arrested in Wisconsin, police said.

Two Park Ridge officers brought the detainee, wanted by a Lake County warrant, to the jail at around 2:38 p.m.

Officers noticed the detainee, who had been handcuffed behind his back, was “acting erratically” in the back seat. They then realized he had slipped the handcuffs in front of him.

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The officers pulled over to the shoulder of Interstate 294 heading north at mile marker 52, and attempted to re-safeguard custody while seeking assistance from the Illinois State Police on a dispatch. The officers used a Taser on the prisoner, but it was ineffective.

The prisoner broke free before running across the north lane, jumping over a concrete barrier and continuing down the south lane. He went to the maroon Ford van which had stopped and forced the driver out. He went inside and left.

The prisoner fled to the Lake Cook Road and Caribou Crossing area in Northbrook, where he got out of Ford's van at about 3:19 p.m. He then hijacked another vehicle, a white Chevrolet Camaro.

Police found the Camaro through the vehicle's On Star tracking service. Wisconsin State Police then stopped the arrests in Kenosha County on Interstate 94 south.

He was detained and detained for further investigation.

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