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Pair who led police on 115-mile chase face extradition

Updated: June 6, 2013 7:17AM

Two men who led police on a 115-mile high-speed chase from Elgin through downtown Chicago and ending in Wisconsin early Saturday following the report of a burglary at Sam’s Club now await extradition back to Kane County.

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.

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.

According to police, officers were called at 2:42 a.m. Saturday to Sam’s Club, 1000 S. Randall Road, for a burglary in progress. Officers arriving on scene saw two male suspects getting into a pickup truck in an apparent effort to flee the scene, police said.

While attempting to gain control of the passenger, who was not completely inside the truck, the officer was thrown from the truck and onto the ground. A second officer and a squad car was struck as the duo drove away, police said.

The pursuit left Elgin, went into unincorporated Kane County, then into Chicago, before heading north into Wisconsin. The suspects were ultimately taken into custody in Racine County by the Wisconsin State Highway Patrol.

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.

“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 chase went through Kane County onto 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 of Chicago, then onto the Edens Expressway and the Tri-State Tollway before crossing 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 injured during the arrest, but the passenger was treated as a precaution at a Wisconsin hospital, apparently because of possible injury he sustained during the struggle in the Sam’s Club parking lot.

Theriault said both Elgin police officers suffered minor leg injuries, but were released after treatment at an Elgin hospital.

Staff writer Dave Gathman and Sun-Times writer Leeann Shelton contributed to this story.

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