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10/29/2012 3:45:00 PM
High-speed chase ends in highway crash

Allison Ryan
Staff Writer

Areil Gray, a passenger in the getaway van driven by Shady Ali, 27, was removed from the van by Seneca EMS. Both Ali and Gray were transported toSt.ElizabethHospitalby Seneca EMS, then released and transported to Ottawa Police Department.

Ali, listed as a resident of1358 W. Bramble Court, Homer Glen and of16818 Haven Ave., Orland Hills, was charged with burglary, a Class 2 felony with a base sentencing range of 3 to 7 years in prison, and aggravated fleeing and eluding a peace officer, a Class 4 felony with a sentencing range of 1 to 3 years. Ali is eligible for probation. Ali must post $3,500 to be released fromLa SalleCountyjail. His next court date is scheduled for Nov. 9.

Gray is listed as a resident of 1051 11th St.,Chicago and of12249 Washington Ave. Apt. 3,Blue Island. She was charged with burglary, a Class 2 felony, and theft, a Class 3 felony with a sentencing range of 3 to 5 years, according to anOttawa police report. Gray must post $2,000 to be released fromLa SalleCounty jail. She also is scheduled to appear Nov. 9.

On Saturday,Ottawapolice had received reports of burglaries to storage containers at Wal-Mart, Pomp’s Tire and LMK fabrications that had occurred on Friday night.  A Chevrolet minivan was captured on video surveillance, and still photographs of that suspect vehicle were distributed amongOttawapolice, according to a press release from the department.

At about 11:33 p.m. Saturday, anOttawaofficer observed a van that matched the photographs, leaving from the area where Wal-Mart storage containers are kept.

The van disobeyed a red traffic light at the intersection of Columbus andWest Stevenson Road, and the officer initiated a traffic stop. The driver pulled to the side of the road an opened the door, but when the officer ordered the driver to exit the vehicle, he refused, closed the door and drove away. The van headed southbound onColumbus Streetand turned onto Interstate 80, according to the release.

SeveralOttawapolice units also responded to the incident. During the ensuing chase, the van reached speeds of 80-90 mph before coming to a complete stop one mile east of the Route 23 exit, then sped off again, exiting at Route 71. After turning into the south parking lot of Brown Bag Video, at 3042 N. Route 71, the van drove around the building, exited the north parking lot, turned northbound onto Route 71 and again entered I-80 eastbound, fleeing at speeds reaching 100 mph.

One mile farther down the highway, two boxes of stolen merchandise were thrown from the van’s window, landing in front of pursuing police.

A Marseilles police officer deployed stop sticks near the Marseilles exit, which began to damage the tires, though the driver continued eastbound for about eight more miles.

“Debris from the van’s passenger side tires started to fly off and the rim eventually disintegrated causing metal from the van to emit showers of sparks,” the report continued. “At mile post 105 the van began to lose control and struck the center median cable barrier and began to spin. Once the van came to rest against the cables, the driver jumped out the passenger side window and attempted to flee on foot and was captured a short distance away.” 

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