DeKALB – A man was arrested on the Northern Illinois University campus Friday after a high-speed chase during which police reported he drove 90 mph down Annie Glidden Road before his car crashed in a creek by Larusso Lagoon, police said.
Around 2:45 p.m. a DeKalb County Sheriff’s deputy noticed a white sedan on the side of the road at the corner of Bethany Road and Annie Glidden Road with its hood up, Andy Sullivan, Sheriff’s chief deputy, said. The deputy thought the man was a stranded motorist.
“The deputy turned around to help, and the person put the hood down and drove off,” Sullivan said.
Sullivan said a check of the vehicle’s license plate showed the registration was expired, and the deputy pulled the vehicle over in the same area, near the intersection of Bethany and Annie Glidden.
“While they were talking with the driver, during that conversation the driver put the vehicle in drive and drove away,” Sullivan said.
The white Honda took off headed south on Annie Glidden, toward the NIU campus, and the deputy gave chase, but broke off the pursuit once the Honda accelerated to an unsafe speed, headed toward the campus area. The speed limit on the road through campus is 30 mph.
Shortly after, pedestrians flagged down a Sheriff’s car to tell them that there was a white car stuck in a creek behind New Residence Hall on the NIU campus, near Larusso Lagoon.
Police found the car, and NIU police reported a man matching the description of the driver had been seen running into New Hall.
Sullivan said NIU police found and arrested the driver shortly after 3 p.m., who later handed him over to Sheriff’s deputies.
No injuries were reported, Sullivan said.