Authorities are searching for a man in a stolen vehicle who eluded a Lake County sheriff’s deputy and then disappeared a second time after crashing the vehicle and eluding four police dogs who tracked him near Lakemoor late Tuesday.
The incident began when a deputy on patrol around 10 p.m. near West Sullivan Lake Road and Four Seasons Boulevard saw a 2013 Nissan Altima in the area, according to Christopher Covelli, spokesman for the sheriff’s office.
According to Covelli, the vehicle had been reported stolen from a home in Volo on Sept. 5, and when the deputy attempted a traffic stop, the vehicle drove off. Covelli added that the suspect’s driving “was reckless as he went through a neighborhood,” and because of the safety risk involved, the chase was called off.
The deputy continued on patrol, and as he approached Route 12 and Molidor Road, he discovered a traffic crash where the Nissan apparently disobeyed a traffic signal and crashed into a northbound 2014 Kenworth semi-tractor trailer truck, Covelli said.
The 50-year-old driver of the truck was not injured, and the Nissan appeared to have been going east when it disobeyed a red light and crashed. The driver got out of the Nissan and ran south, Covelli said.
According to Covelli, two K-9 teams from the sheriff’s office, one from the McHenry County sheriff’s office and another from the Palatine Police Department were able to track the man about half a mile from the crash, where the scent ended.
The suspect remained at large Wednesday morning, and no further description of the suspect was available, though Covelli added that investigators are processing the Nissan for fingerprints and other evidence that might assist in providing an identification. Along with the K-9 units from Palatine and McHenry County, the sheriff’s office was assisted by police from Fox Lake, Wauconda, Lake Villa and Lakemoor.
Police are asking anyone with information regarding the identity of the man driving the stolen car to call the sheriff’s office at 847-549-5200 or Lake County CrimeStoppers at 847-662-2222.