High-speed chase ends in dramatic arrest on Chicago's West Side

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015
'Person of interest' in homicide arrested after high-speed chase
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A "person of interest" in a homicide investigation was arrested in Chicago's South Austin neighborhood after leading police on a high speed chase.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A police chase on Chicago's West Side turned into a massive manhunt for a suspect on the run. The chase lasted for miles and reached speeds of up to 70 mph on residential streets before officers made an arrest.

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The chase began around 5:15 p.m. when officers observed the "person of interest" in an Aug. 26 homicide near West End and LaPorte. The chase ended several miles away, near West End and Central Avenue, when the suspect hit another car, fled the vehicle and ran into an apartment building on foot.

"He stopped the car, he hopped out, he started running down the alley and the police started chasing him. That's all I saw," said Tony McKinney, a witness.

Chopper 7 HD hovered over the scene as officers surrounded the building in the 200-block of N. Central. They knocked down doors in the apartment building looking for the man.

Police said they finally found him in the first floor unit. Felisia Sanders, who lives across the hall, said she was grateful she was away at the time.

"When I got home, I found my door, my front door, on the floor. Ripped off the hinges," Sanders said.

Police said they recovered a firearm from the man's vehicle.

Chicago police have a policy that prohibits high-speed chases. A department spokesperson said that part of the incident is under investigation.