Women lead cops on chase af­ter shoplift­ing in­ci­dent

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - CHICAGOLAN­D - By Rose­mary Sobol [email protected]­bune.com

Three Chicago women are sus­pected of crash­ing into a po­lice car dur­ing a chase that ended when the stolen car they were flee­ing in plunged into a ditch while loaded with $2,500 in stolen de­signer duds in north­west Deer Park, of­fi­cials said.

About 5:40 p.m. Fri­day, po­lice were pa­trolling a re­tail shop­ping area in the 21800 block of West Long Grove Road when a white Chevro­let Im­pala that was re­ported stolen drove past them, and the of­fi­cers “rec­og­nized the oc­cu­pants” from po­lice bul­letins de­tail­ing re­tail thefts in the Chicagolan­d area, ac­cord­ing to a writ­ten state­ment from the Lake County sher­iff’s of­fice.

The 18-year-old woman behind the wheel of the Im­pala, Jonva C. Vivet­ter would not stop when sher­iff ’s deputies ac­ti­vated their lights and sirens and tried to pull her over, and of­fi­cers be­gan chas­ing them south­bound on U.S. 12 (Rand Road), the state­ment said.

As Vivet­ter got close to Lake Cook Road, she crashed into at least three cars, in­clud­ing a sher­iff’s squad car, and con­tin­ued east onto Lake Cook Road be­fore get­ting onto Illi­nois Route 53, where Vivet­ter veered into a ditch, and she and the other two women — Jame­sha J. McChris­tine and

Dezire Cashay Ann Parker — jumped out and be­gan run­ning away.

McChris­tine, 21, was taken into cus­tody promptly, but po­lice had to tase Vivet­ter and even­tu­ally ar­rested Parker, 20, ac­cord­ing to the sher­iff ’s state­ment.

Af­ter search­ing the Im­pala, po­lice found about $2,500 worth of ex­pen­sive per­fume in­clud­ing Chanel, Ugg boots and sev­eral pieces of cloth­ing, all be­lieved to have been stolen, the state­ment said.

Vivet­ter, of the 6500 block of South Morgan Street in Chicago’s En­gle­wood neigh­bor­hood; Parker, of the 3200 block of North Clark Street in Lake­view; and McChris­tine, of the 7900 block of South Lan­g­ley Drive in Chatham, were taken to the Lake County Jail, where they re­mained af­ter their first court ap­pear­ance.

Vivet­ter, charged with pos­ses­sion of a stolen ve­hi­cle, and flee­ing and elud­ing, both of which are felonies, was also wanted on five war­rants — four in­volv­ing ac­cu­sa­tions of shoplift­ing and re­tail theft. Parker and McChris­tine were charged with mis­de­meanor re­sist­ing ar­rest.

Sher­iff ’s po­lice de­tec­tives are con­tin­u­ing to in­ves­ti­gate, and ad­di­tional charges are pos­si­ble.

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