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Man Charged After Leading Police on High-Speed Chase Has Fled Cops Before

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    A man was charged Wednesday after leading police on a high-speed chase through the streets of Chicago Tuesday. NBC 5's Anthony Ponce reports. (Published Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015)

    The 25-year-old man who police say led them on an extended police chase across Chicago's West Side Tuesday has fled officers before.

    NBC 5 Investigates found that at the time of Tuesday's chase, Desmond T. Henry was on parole for a conviction of fleeing Chicago police and driving under the influence in July of 2014. Henry had been released from prison in March after serving 10 months of a 20-month sentence for that case.

    Henry has also served time for what appears to be a hit-and-run accident in 2010, as well as drug convictions in 2012 and 2008.

    At 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Henry was observed in a rental car with a suspect wanted for double murder, prosecutors said. The two then switched rental cars to a black Cherokee, which was spotted by officers in the evening.

    Man Arrested After Leading Police on Chase Across West Side

    [CHI] Man Arrested After Leading Police on Chase Across West Side
    A man was arrested after leading police on a 30-minute chase across the West Side Tuesday evening. NBC 5's Lauren Petty reports.
    (Published Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015)

    Henry was arrested after officers attempted to make an "investigatory stop on his vehicle" around 5:15 p.m. near Polk Street and California Avenue, police said. He then led police on a miles-long chase to the 200 block of North Central Avenue, where he jumped out of the car while it was still in "drive" and ran to a friend's apartment, prosecutors said.

    Video footage of the chase showed the vehicle traveling around 70 miles per hour over a span of six or seven miles across the West Side. It appeared at least one car was struck during the chase.

    A short time later, Henry was arrested. He was carrying a bag with 15 baggies of cannabis and about 100 rounds of ammunition. Police also found heroin in the Cherokee and a handgun with 13 live rounds, prosecutors said.

    On Wednesday, Henry was charged with one felony count of aggravated fleeing police at a rate of more than 21 mph, aggravated assault of a police officer and four counts of felony unlawful use of a weapon by a felon. His bond was set at $500,000.

    Henry also faces new charges for possession of a controlled substance and manufacture or delivery of cannabis along with numerous traffic citations.

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