CUDAHY -- A police pursuit left behind a path of destruction in Cudahy, near Mallory and Packard Friday, August 12th. It ended with multiple vehicles damaged, including a Cudahy squad, and half a dozen suspects arrested.
"It's a difficult and challenging circumstance," said Cudahy Police Chief Tom Poellot.
One which Cudahy Police Chief Tom Poellot says began when witnesses reported spotting a van near the intersection of Kirkwood and Squire.
"I saw three people get out of the car, and they kind of rotated places in the car," said Brittany Chojnacki, witness.
The chief explains the car, a grey Dodge Stratus, along with a Dodge Neon, were both spotted driving recklessly by police.
When a traffic stop was initiated, the Neon crashed into a traffic signal, where Mallory Avenue meets Packard.
Two suspects in the Neon then ran to the Stratus, but...
"A police officer blocked the path of the Stratus, and is immediately assisted by a citizen who comes up from behind and uses his vehicle to stop the escape of the Stratus," said Chief Poellot.
After two suspects were pursued on foot, a total of six suspects were captured by police.
Meanwhile, a supporting officer raced to assist.
All told, the chief finds some relief in the results.
"We have three stolen vehicles in impound. We have six suspects in custody. So, we'll see where the investigation takes us, from here," said Chief Poellot.
The first place the chief hopes it takes investigators is where they can ascertain the true identities of all the suspects in custody.
While they believe at least some of those being held are minors, without a positive ID, investigators cannot be certain.