A yellow Labrador retriever was reunited with its owner Sunday evening after a man stole the SUV the dog had been in, used the vehicle to shoplift from a Wal-Mart and was finally captured after crashing the SUV into a tree during a police chase, authorities said today.
Bradley L Haggard, 25, Lombard, is being held in the DuPage County Jail in lieu of $150,000 bail, after being charged with crimes including driving under the influence and possession of a stolen vehicle, according to a news release from Villa Park Police, who arrested him.
The 10-month-old dog, Cody, was in the back seat of the white 2009 Ford Escape when it was stolen from the parking lot of Anyway's Restaurant, 5 E. Roosevelt Road, Oakbrook Terrace, about 1 p.m. Sunday, said Villa Park Police Detective Sgt. Dan McCann. The SUV was seen headed west after the theft.
More than five hours later, about 6:20 p.m., Addison police alerted neighboring departments that the SUV had been used as a getaway car in a theft at a Wal-Mart at 1050 N. Rohlwing Road in Addison. The SUV headed south on Rohlwing after the theft.
Villa Park police spotted the SUV headed east on North Avenue at Michigan Street in Villa Park about 10 minutes later, according to police. Officers tried to stop the SUV, but the driver continued west on North Avenue into Lombard, eventually ending up near St. Charles Road and Craig Street, where the SUV crashed into a tree and Haggard fled on foot.
Haggard tried to hide in a nearby apartment building, then jumped out a second-floor window when officers found him, police said. He was caught soon after.
Cody, who was apparently in the back of the SUV throughout the day, was returned to its owner unharmed, McCann said.
Haggard faces felony charges of aggravated failure to obey an order to stop and possession of a stolen vehicle, as well as resisting an officer, possession of cannabis, driving under the unifluence and driving with a suspended license.Copyright © 2015, CT Now