Chase After Drug Bust Exceeded 100 MPH: Officials

Undercover drug sting turned violent when shots were fired and one man led authorities on a 20-mile chase

By Jeff Goldblatt
|  Tuesday, Jan 17, 2012  |  Updated 6:44 PM CDT
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An undercover drug sting turned violent Tuesday when shots were fired and one man led authorities on a 20-mile chase exceeding speeds of 100 mph, officials said.

The ordeal began shortly before 1 p.m. in the parking lot of a McDonald's restaurant near the Meadowdale Shopping Center in Carpentersville. When two officers identified themselves as police during a drug buy, one man used twice used his vehicle to ram them, they said. 

The officers were slightly injured but managed to fire on the car, leaving two bullet holes in the driver's side door.

One man was taken into custody. The other man in the car jumped the curb with his vehicle and fled, officials said, leading police on a high-speed chase through multiple jurisdictions.

"It was like watching a missile go by you," said a source, adding that it's a miracle that no other motorists got hurt as the driver sped along Irving Park Road at speeds estimated to be about 110 mph.

The man ultimately pulled over at a McDonald's at East Irving Park Road and South Prospect Avenue in Itasca where he "got out and dropped to the ground," said a source.

The man was taken to Advocate Lutheran General hospital in Park Ridge with gunshot wounds. The injured officers are expected to be OK.

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