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Suspects in carjacked Mustang lead cops on nearly hour-long chase around Chicago

A stolen mustang crashed into another vehicle in the 8700 block of Union. Two people were taken into custody after a nearly hour-long chase. | Justin Jackson/ Sun-Times

A high-speed chase of a carjacked Mustang that lasted nearly 45 minutes early Friday resulted in the arrest of two people in the South Side Gresham neighborhood.

The 2014 lime-green Ford Mustang was taken from two men, ages 21 and 22, in a carjacking at 9:14 p.m. at 116th Street and Church Street in the Morgan Park neighborhood, according to Chicago Police. They were sitting in the car when the suspects walked up to them and forced them out at gunpoint, then stole the car with their belongings inside.

Illinois State Police troopers saw the vehicle at 1:13 a.m. and pursued it, but the Mustang got away near Grand Avenue and Lake Shore Drive, police said.

CPD officers later spotted the car at South Blue Island Avenue and Damen Avenue in the Heart of Chicago neighborhood, police said.

A chase led to the 8700 block of South Union, where the Mustang crashed into a parked SUV in front of a home, police said. The two people inside the car got out and ran, but were caught and arrested.

The high-speed pursuit went as fast as 100 MPH and lasted almost 45 minutes, ending about 1:50 a.m., according to unconfirmed police radio chatter. It reached the North Side near North Avenue, where the Mustang turned off Lake Shore Drive only to get back on and head south.

Nearly an hour after the start of the chase, Tammera Vanderbilt was asleep inside her home when the Mustang crashed into her SUV.

“I didn’t even hear it,” Vanderbilt said. “The police rang the doorbell … [and my son] woke me up and said the police are at the door and somebody crashed into my car. So I jumped up and just went and talked to the police officer.”

No injuries were reported, but Vanderbilt said her SUV was damaged.

“[My son] said [the Mustang] clipped it, and the bumper is probably messed up a little bit,” she said. “I’m just still shaken, but thanking God that no one was hurt here at the house.”