A Chicago man driving in excess of 100 miles per hour on Highway 41 in Highland Park today set in motion a search effort by Highland Park, Deerfield and Illinois State Police, according to Deputy Highland Park Police Chief George Pfutzenreuter.
Joshua Klein, 21, of Chicago was arrested by Highland Park police today for fleeing and eluding, driving under the influence, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license and speeding, according to Pfutzenreuter. Klein was later transferred to the custody of Morton Grove police because of an outstanding warrant for theft.
All of the offenses are misdemeanors except speeding which is a traffic offense, according to Pfutzenreuter.
Shortly after 8 a.m. a witness in the vicinity of Deerfield and Waukegan Roads saw an Illinois State Police helicopter “hovering low” over the downtown Deerfield business district.
Just before 7 a.m. a Highland Park police officer clocked Klein driving southbound on Highway 41 between Old Elm and Half Day Roads at 103 miles per hour, according to Pfutzenreuter. The speed limit there is 50. Police gave chase and lost sight of Klein’s vehicle on Park Avenue West west of Skokie Valley Road.
The vehicle was later spotted in the vicinity of Cloverdale and Richfield Avenues near Mooney Park in Highland Park where Klein fled on foot, according to Pfutzenreuter.
“We instituted a search and issued a reverse 911 call (to inform people in the area of the police activity),” Pfutzenreuter said. “The Deerfield police helped us and the Illinois State Police sent up a helicopter.” Klein was apprehended by police on foot.
Klein was released on bond and transferred to the custody of the Morton Grove Police because of an outstanding theft warrant, according to Pfutzenreuter. Klein will appear in Lake County Court at 9 a.m. Dec. 7 in Waukegan.