UPDATED 4//10/17: The Lake Forest Police Department issued a news release stating that the suspect who was captured, Tyler M. Miller-Alford, appeared before bond court on April 9, 2017. He is 20 and from North Chicago, and was charged with Obstructing Justice, a class 4 felony. He was remanded with a $15,000 bond (10% applies) and a court date of April 12 at 9:30 a.m.The driver has not been located.. The investigation is continuing.
LAKE FOREST — One suspect was captured and another got away as police officers from Lake Forest and seven other departments chased two men in an allegedly stolen vehicle in cars and then on foot in a in an odyssey that began April 8 in Waukegan and ended that day in Lake Forest.
Lake Forest Police Commander Craig Lepkowski said the public need not worry about the elusive suspect who police are trying to find. He said there is no danger to the public.
“He’s a very fast runner,” said Lepkowski of the man driving the car described as a male black in his 20s wearing jeans and a white t-shirt. “We could see that from video of the car and foot chase. He was probably able to call a buddy who picked him up. He got out of there as fast as he could.”
The passenger in the allegedly stolen car, Tyler M. Miller-Alford, 20, of the 1500 block of Jackson in North Chicago, was arrested on a charge of obstructing justice, a Class 4 Felony, according to a Lake Forest Police Department news release.
Lepkowski said Miller-Alford refused to reveal the name of the driver.
The incident began for Lake Forest Police when they received a radio dispatch at 4:15 p.m. April 8 a stolen black Acura MDX being chased by North Chicago Police was approaching the north village limits of Lake Bluff, according to the release. Lepkowski said the car was allegedly stolen in Waukegan.
Lake Forest police saw the vehicle driving southbound on Sheridan Road near Westleigh Road and joined the chase, according to the release. The vehicle struck the side of a landscape truck with trailer leaving the scene of that crash with North Chicago Police in pursuit. It then turned eastbound onto McCormick Drive entering the Villa Turicum subdivision.
Smoke and flames were seen coming from the undercarriage of the vehicle before it came to a stop in the 500 block of Turicum Road, according to the release. The driver and Miller-Alford then fled on foot.
“They made the mistake of turning onto a dead end street,” said Lepkowski. “There was nowhere to go.”
Once the car stopped, police established a perimeter for the foot chase, according to the release. Assistance came from the Illinois State Police, the Lake County Sheriff’s Police, the Lake Bluff Police Department, the Highland Park Police Department, the Bannockburn Police Department and the Deerfield Police Department.
Miller-Alford was apprehended on the bicycle path bridge adjacent to the Ft. Sheridan Reserve Center, according to the release. He was scheduled for a bond hearing April 9 at Lake County Criminal Court in Waukegan. Lepkowski said the result of the hearing was unknown at the deadline for this story.