Chicago police follow stolen car into Oak Park, arrest 3 teens after crash on Lombard

The car crashed into a tree Monday night in the 300 block of North Lombard Avenue

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By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

Three Chicago teenagers were taken into police custody Monday night after the stolen car they were riding in crashed into a tree in Oak Park, police said.

Chicago police were following the car, seemingly stolen a day earlier on the West Side, said Oak Park Police Det. Sgt. Michael Richardson. Chicago police were in pursuit at some point between 7 and 8 p.m. when the car crashed into a tree in the 300 block of North Lombard Avenue.

Its occupants, ages 13, 14 and 18, were taken into custody, Richardson said. Oak Park police assisted with the accident investigation. Richardson said he did not know where the pursuit began.

According to the corresponding report number with Chicago police, a 67-year-old man had left his 2007 Kia running with the keys in the ignition around noon on Dec. 11. The car was missing when he came back outside his residence in the 1300 block of North Parkside Avenue, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Laura Kubiak.

No further information was available.

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Posted: December 15th, 2011 6:31 PM

Go get 'em, 101st O.P. Keyboard Kommandos. Give 'em your most biting, incisive serial comments. Take that, silly town!

Groovy Guy with Birkenstocks and a Tie-Dye Shirt  

Posted: December 15th, 2011 2:19 PM

Who needs Public Works, man. I'll have my shaman come and bless the tree to chase away the bad chi. Then we'll have a drum circle to celebrate the rebirth of this majestic specimen.

Maye Lemal  

Posted: December 15th, 2011 2:03 PM

Of course we should consider the health of the tree! And yes, I am serious about this! Ask any landscape architect with a compassionate heart, the tree has been 'hurt' and needs to be helped. Laugh all you want, it's accurate. Everything and everyone are important. It's unlikely that the Public Works dept. will do anything about the tree though, if history dictates the future.

Jeff Schroeder from Oak Park  

Posted: December 15th, 2011 11:11 AM

When I read this story it made me think of "Its a Wonderful Life". I wonder of any one came out and scolded them for hitting the tree? (Sorry tree people, in these hard times one must look for the humor in an otherwise sad story).

Phil of It  

Posted: December 15th, 2011 10:03 AM

Uh oh... we're treading on dangerous ground, folks. The WJ will soon suspend comments. Hopefully not before Violet Aura comments.

Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: December 15th, 2011 9:43 AM

Phil: Maybe all this could have been avoided if you would have given more or better treats at Halloween.Maybe, these dispirited, disenchanted youths rebelled because of your callous actions.All this could be your fault.

Phil of Ideas  

Posted: December 15th, 2011 8:37 AM

I think I remember these three. They came to my house on Halloween. With babies in strollers.

Jacek Lazarczyk from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: December 15th, 2011 6:14 AM

Can't you tell a joke when you read one, Lori M? As in "tongue in cheek, poking fun at ourselves" type of joke? Great post Parker from Oak Park, by the way.

Lori M  

Posted: December 14th, 2011 7:28 PM

Only in Oak Park would someone mention the tree! And I don't mean that as a compliment.

Parker from Oak Park  

Posted: December 14th, 2011 6:49 PM

Does no one think of the victim tree? This is Oak Park, as in Quercus residentialem. Kids will be kids, but going on a joy ride in a stolen vehicle is beyond the pale when our cultural heritage--trees--is the end point for the piratical escapade. Solution: Make them transplant heritage oaks til their sinister paws blister.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: December 14th, 2011 5:27 PM

The kids must not watch "Bait Car". Who was driving, the 13, 14 or 18 year old. If it was one of the minors, some one is in extra big trouble for driving without a driver licence.

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