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100 MPH Chase for Shoplifters Ends with Crash; Minor Injuries

Two South Bend men are in custody after Portage police said a shoplifting spree at the Portage Meijer and the battery of a loss prevention employee there preceded a chase on the Indiana Toll Road at speeds up to 100 MPH before the suspects crashed their van in a Chicago neighborhood, drawing a large crowd.

Police said in several reports filed on the incident that they first received a call about a road rage incident involving a windowless white van around 10:30 PM Monday in the area of US 6 and Willowcreek Road.

When police tried to stop the van at Willowcreek Road and the Interstate 80 entrance ramp, the van disregarded police and continued onto the westbound highway ramp, striking a plastic arm for the Indiana Toll Road toll booth.

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Speeds initially reached 100 mph “but quickly reduced to 87-88 mph,” police said, adding in the meantime, they learned that the suspect was involved with a possible felony theft from Meijer, 6050 US 6, and battery to a store employee…  Chicago Tribune

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