A Kenosha man was arrested following a high-speed chase and foot pursuit around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday near the state line in Zion, Ill.
Ricardo M. Crawford, 28, was taken into custody by the Pleasant Prairie Police Department for fleeing officers and possessing drugs and a handgun. Crawford had a warrant for his arrest through the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, according to Pleasant Prairie Police Lt. Paul Marik.
In an unusual occurrence, the Kenosha Police Department was involved in a separate high-speed chase through city streets around 9 a.m. Tuesday.
Kenosha Police responded to a domestic call in the 1800 block of 62nd Street. The call resulted in a vehicle chase, which was terminated for safety precautions as speeds reached 80 mph, according to Kenosha Police Sgt. James Beller. When officers attempted to pull over a different vehicle with a similar description, that vehicle also fled.
Pleasant Prairie Police spotted the second fleeing vehicle traveling south in the 9300 block of Green Bay Road. The chase, which approached 100 mph, ended just east of Green Bay Road on a residential cul-de-sac in Lake County, Ill.
Crawford tossed multiple items out of his car’s window during the chase and ran from his vehicle before his arrest, according to police. He was transported by the Winthrop Harbor (Ill.) Fire Department to a Kenosha hospital to be treated for reportedly swallowing drugs.
Police said Crawford threw a bag out of the window containing his driver’s license and a handgun and tossed a bag of drugs — believed to be heroin or cocaine — during the foot pursuit. Officers said Crawford also had marijuana on him.
The Kenosha Police Dept. was assisted by Pleasant Prairie Police, the Wisconsin State Patrol, Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department and the Lake County (Ill.) Sheriff’s Office. A Kenosha County Sheriff’s canine unit located the bag of drugs near footprints from the chase.
“It was a fantastic team effort,” Marik said. “This is what happens when neighboring agencies work well together and so closely together. We were able to get multiple resources on scene very quickly, and it helped to get a bad guy off the streets. That’s the goal.”
Crawford was arrested with little resistance. His injury was self-induced, according to Marik. No one else was injured during the incident.
The chase was unusual since it was unrelated to the earlier call, involving a different high-speed pursuit and similar vehicle.
“They were looking for someone else, but he doesn’t know that when he’s being stopped,” Marik said. “He thinks, ‘They’ve found me.’ It’s a rare occurrence.”