Armed suspect leads police on stolen car chase

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LOVES PARK, Ill. (WTVO) — Loves Park Police were involved in extended car chase, of a stolen vehicle on Tuesday, November 12th.

At 7:09 p.m. an officer received a TAS (Target Alert System) that showed a vehicle was stolen, and traveling east on E Riverside Blvd near Cliff Breakers. According to authorities, the Mazda was stolen from Joliet.

Around 7:30 p.m. an officer was able to locate the Mazda on N Alpine Road, near Windsor Road, traveling north.

Officials said they followed the Mazda as it approached Maple Ave and turned left. The vehicle then turned into Phillips 66 gas station, located at 7650 N Alpine Road, in Loves Park.

According to authorities, when the officer activated their emergency lights the Mazda reversed out of the parking spot it had just pulled into, and came within inches of hitting the squad car.

Police said that the vehicle then fled reaching speeds of 60 mph in a 45 mph zone.

The chase continued as the car turned into Buster’s Bar and Grill, located at 7113 N Alpine Rd in Loves Park. The car traveled through the parking lot and finally stopped in front of Vape-n-juice, officials said.

The driver, 33-year-old Steven Szatek, exited the alleged stolen vehicle and began running east, police said.

According to authorities, Szatek attempted to remove a female from the driver seat of her car. He also hit a male in the mouth.

Police ordered Szatek to stop and deployed a taser into his back area. Police said that the taser was unsuccessful.

Szatek was then taken to the ground by an officer and taken into custody at 7:30 p.m.

According to the criminal complaint, Szatek had a Bersa magazine with seven Winchester (.380) rounds in the driver seat of the stolen vehicle.

Authorities also found an open can of beer in the center console and a mask sitting on the front passenger seat of the Mazda, the stolen vehicle.

The criminal complaint stated that the officer was able to smell an odor of alcohol emitting from Szatek.

The criminal complaint also showed the Szatek’s license was revoked.

Szatek is charged with Aggravated Unlawful Failure/Refusal to Obey an Order to Stop, Unlawful Vehicular Invasion, Unlawful Possession of Stolen Vehicle, Unlawful Use of Weapons by a Felon, Aggravated Battery, Aggravated Driving Under the Influence and Possession of Ammunition Without Requisite Firearm Owner’s ID Card.

He is lodged in the Winnebago County Jail.

Szatek’s next court date is December 12th.


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