Police Chase Ends in Crash on Eisenhower Expressway

Two people were taken into custody at the scene of the crash on I-290, according to Illinois State Police

A long and winding police chase through the western suburbs and into Chicago came to a crashing halt on the Eisenhower Expressway early Monday.

Illinois State Police said the incident began at around 2 a.m. in northwest suburban Palatine.

Officers were pursuing suspects inside a dark-colored Mercedes-Benz sedan, according to ISP, when someone inside fired shots.

The driver did not stop, authorities said, but took off, prompting a police chase that included parts of the Tri-State, the Reagan Tollway, Route 83 and the inbound lanes of I-290.

The pursuit ended on the Eisenhower near Racine Avenue in Chicago when the driver of the Mercedes lost control and crashed into another car.

The man in the other car said he was on his way home from work when he was suddenly jolted by a vehicle smashing into his Toyota Camry.

"I was going home, I was driving and I get hit," Philip Cooper recalled.

"I didn't know what to do after that," he continued, calling the crash, "very bad."

"Look at it. It’s gone, I don’t have a car anymore," Cooper added. He was shaken up, but otherwise not injured.

The inbound Eisenhower was closed near Racine for several hours overnight as officials remained on the scene, re-opening around 4:20 a.m.

Two suspects inside the Mercedes were taken into custody, ISP said, with charges pending.

It was not clear what prompted the chase, or who authorities said the suspects were shooting at in Palatine.

No injuries were reported in the pursuit, according to police, who continue to investigate.

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