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Burglary suspects hit Elgin officers, sparking 115-mile chase to Wisconsin

Updated: May 5, 2013 12:36PM

Two Illinois men are in jail in Racine, Wis., after leading police on a 115-mile, high-speed chase early Saturday after running over two Elgin police officers.

The alleged driver of the fleeing vehicle, Jacob Braden, 22, of the 800 block of Honey Locust Court, Bartlett, has been charged with a class 2 felony count of burglary, two class 2 felony counts of aggravated battery to a peace officer, a class 3 felony count of criminal damage to state supported property; and two class 4 felony counts of aggravated fleeing and eluding.

The other suspect, Kevin Gorman, 30, of the 1200 block of Lincoln Court, Streamwood, was charged with a class 2 felony count of burglary, a class 3 felony of criminal damage to state supported property, and a class 4 felony count of aggravated resisting arrest.

“When you have a suspect who is willing to run over two police officers he’s a danger to society and we need to take him into custody,” Elgin Police Cmdr. Glenn Theriault said of the early morning chase.

The incident began when Elgin police responded to a Sam’s Club in the 1000 block of South Randall Road about 2:45 a.m. on reports of a burglary in progress.

Police found two men trying to flee in a pickup, Theriault said. A lieutenant tried to arrest the passenger, but the driver took off, knocking the lieutenant to the ground.

The pickup then hit a police sergeant on foot and crashed into a squad car before it sped off, leading police on a chase that lasted more than 115 miles, through Chicago and into Wisconsin, Theriault said.

The chase went through Kane County and the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway, before taking the Eisenhower Expressway into downtown Chicago, Illinois State Police said.

The driver sped onward to the Kennedy Expressway, through the Northwest Side, then onto the Edens Expressway and the Tri-State Tollway before reaching the Wisconsin border.

Wisconsin State Highway Patrol officers used spike strips to halt the car near the border of Racine and Kenosha counties, Theriault said.

Neither suspect was hurt from the arrest, but the passenger was treated as a precaution at a local hospital for a prior injury not related to the chase, Theriault said.

The suspects face additional charges in Wisconsin and will have court appearances in Racine County on Monday for the Wisconsin charges, police said.

Kane County officials will seek extradition of the suspects back to Illinois when deemed appropriate, police said.

Both Elgin police officers suffered minor leg injuries, and have been treated and released from an area hospital.

Authorities could not immediately say Saturday morning whether burglary proceeds were found in the pickup.

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