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suspects “had not actually taken anything.” The two suspects, one of whom was later identified as

Lewis, had then left the store and were travelingeastbound in a U-Haul truck. Subsequently, Officer

Bendler located the suspects’ U-Haul truck on Interstate 94 and followed closely behind it in his

police vehicle. Officer Snyder, while driving a separate police vehicle, followed behind Officer

Bendler. Both Officers Bendler and Snyder activated their police emergency sirens and attempted

to “effectuate a traffic stop” of the U-Haul truck. However, the U-Haul truck failed to stop and,

instead, changed lanes and drove onto the shoulder of the highway for approximately “five [to] six

blocks” at an accelerated speed of 55 miles per hour while Officers Bendler and Snyder followed

closely behind. Once Officers Bendler and Snyder realized that the U-Haul truck would not stop,

theydeactivated their police vehicle sirens,decelerated, and disengaged from the traffic stop because

no “forcible felony” had been committed, no life was being endangered, and the Gurnee police

department had not authorized a police pursuit of this vehicle.

Subsequently, the Gurnee police department dispatched information through the Illinois

StatePolice EmergencyRadio Network (ISPERN), a radio communications system designed to relay

crime-related information to surrounding jurisdictions. The dispatched information notedthat Lewis

was driving recklessly through other municipalities.

Lewis then drove the U-Haul truck through the Village of Lincolnshire (Lincolnshire). At

approximately 8 p.m., Officer Brian Balinski (Of icer Balinski) of the Lincolnshire police

department was on patrol in his police vehicle when he learned via ISPERN that “[a] vehicle was

wanted by the Gurnee[p]olice [d]epartment for fleeing and eluding and theft,” and that the suspects’

vehicle was a “U-Haul box truck with Arizona license plates.” Subsequently, Officer Balinski


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