After stealing merchandise from a T.J. Maxx store in Oak Brook, Illinois, three suspects get involved in a high-speed police chase with 5 kids under 10 years old in their car.

Desperate Times Call For Desperate Measures?

All people are guilty of doing stupid things, especially in desperate times, but what these three suspects did in Illinois recently really takes the cake.

Honestly, nothing makes me madder than when people deliberately do dumb, dangerous things and children are involved. I'm really trying not to be too judgemental here, but when I came across this story from Fox 32 Chicago, my blood pressure instantly rose a few notches. How can people be so incredibly stupid?

DuPage Country State's Attorney's Office via Facebook, Canva
DuPage Country State's Attorney's Office via Facebook, Canva

3 Thieves Undergo High-Speed Car Chase With Illinois Police

According to the article, on April 14, 2023, two Chicago citizens named Russell Miller (24) and Xavier Miller (28) along with Zhane Ball (28) of Iowa City, Iowa stole merchandise from a T.J. Maxx store in Oak Brook, Illinois, but what they did next is where things get really stupid.

A statement from the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office says;

On April 14, 2023, at approximately 2:48 p.m., officers with the Oak Brook Police Department allegedly observed a GMC Acadia, driven by Russell Miller, parked in the aisle of a parking lot at the Shops at Oak Brook. It is alleged that a short time later, the officers observed two individuals, later identified as Xavier Miller and Ball, exit the T.J. Maxx store, place some items in the Acadia, and then enter the vehicle.

As the suspects began to flee the parking lot, they were followed by police and that is when all Hell broke loose.

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High-Speed Chase Travels By a Local High School

The Acadia made a sudden U-turn and ran a red light. When the squad car flashed its lights and demanded the vehicle pull over, it did briefly, but then it took off again and caused a police chase that exceeded 75mph in a 45 mph zone. (Stupid)

During the high-speed chase, the Acadia drove near a local high school as students were being released for the day, side-swiped a school bus, and ended up crashing into another vehicle. (Extremely stupid)

It was until after the crash that police officers discovered there were five young children in the Acadia, ages 2 months to 10 years old. (Infuriating!!!)

Suspect Charges

Thankfully, none of the children inside the car or students at the school were injured as a result of the high-speed chase, but the three suspects endangered SO MANY innocent lives over $1,700 worth of stolen T. J. Maxx merchandise.

The three suspects have been charged with "one count of burglary, one count of retail theft, two counts of aggravated fleeing and eluding a police officer, and five counts of misdemeanor endangering the health or life of a child". I hope they all rot in jail for a very long time. Sorry, not sorry.

Here's the entire press release issued by the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office...

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