On Friday, April 14, 2023 at approximately 2:55 p.m. a beige GMC Acadia SUV entered Elmhurst by traveling northbound on IL Route 83 and turning eastbound on St. Charles Road. The vehicle was being pursued by Oak Brook and Villa Park Police Department vehicles for an incident that originated in Oak Brook.
As the GMC traveled eastbound through the intersection of St. Charles and Berkley Ave the vehicle side-swiped a school bus. The school bus was only occupied by the bus driver and there were no students onboard. No injures resulted at this scene.
The GMC then traveled eastbound through the intersection of St. Charles and Spring Road, side-swiping a passenger vehicle. No injuries resulted at this scene.
The GMC continued and struck a passenger vehicle traveling eastbound on St. Charles Road near Argyle Avenue. The GMC stuck the rear of this vehicle and both vehicles came to a rest on the parkway. Police officers immediately took an adult male and an adult female into custody from the GMC. As this incident occurred in close proximity to York High School, the school was briefly placed on lockdown for the security of the building and the safety of the students until the scene was secured.
The Elmhurst Fire Department responded for several vehicle occupants with minor injuries resulting from the final traffic crash scene at St. Charles and Argyle Ave. Elmhurst Paramedics and several mutual aid agency ambulances transported 10 patients to three area hospitals for treatment. The GMC was occupied by 2 adult males, 1 adult female, and 5 children. The vehicle struck by the GMC at St. Charles and Argyle Ave was occupied by two adults.
St. Charles Road was closed between Spring Road and York Road until approximately 4:15 p.m. while Elmhurst Police officers and evidence technicians conducted traffic crash investigations. Elmhurst Police units did not initiate this vehicle pursuit however, they did respond to the 3 incident scenes.
The suspects involved in this pursuit are in the custody of the Oak Brook Police Department. Inquiries related to the originating incident, pursuit, and forthcoming criminal charges should be directed to Oak Brook Police.