Will County Sheriff's Police say a 25-year-old Chicago man suspected of burglarizing a Crete-area home Tuesday afternoon nearly hit a squad car during the five-mile high-speed chase prior to his arrest near Crete-Monee Middle School.
Jose A. Yanez-Sanchez of the 1000 block of Northeast Circle Drive is scheduled to appear at a bond hearing this afternoon in Will County Circuit Court in Joliet on charges of residential burglary, reckless driving, speeding/driving more than 40 mph above the speed limit, fleeing/attempting to elude police, disregarding a stop sign, improper lane use and failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision.
Crete Police responding to a 2:50 p.m. burglary call in the Balmoral Woods subdivision reportedly activated their emergency lights and siren when they spotted a silver 2005 Nissan Altima leaving the home on the 100 block of Tam O Shanter Drive.
Sheriff's spokesman Kathy Hoffmeyer said the Altima, allegedly driven by Yanez-Sanchez, outpaced Crete Police and forced deputies who joined the pursuit at one point "to take evasive actions in order to avoid being struck by the high-speed vehicle."
Yanez-Sanchez allegedly was westbound on Crete-Monee Road south of University Park, approximately one mile west of Western Avenue, when he turned north onto Highland Avenue.
Three persons reportedly ran from the Altima into a nearby cornfield after it left the roadway, striking a utility pole.
Officers from University Park, Peotone, Crete, and Illinois State Police set up a perimeter at the scene. Crete Police apprehended Yanez-Sanchez exiting the field near Western, Hoffmeyer said.
Neither passenger was located, despite the support of a helicopter from the Lake County Indiana Sheriff's Police, Hoffmeyer said.
She declined to discuss what items, if any, were recovered.
Yanez-Sanchez, who was booked into the Will County Adult Detention Facility under the name Yanez, was also cited for unlicensed driving, failure to report a motor vehicle collision and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.
He was being held without bail this morning in the Joliet jail.
Residential burglary is a Class 1 felony, with a sentencing range of up to 15 years in prison if convicted.