A news helicopter from Channel 2 woke up much of Evanston shortly after 6 o’clock this morning as it shot pictures of a stolen taxicab being driven at a leisurely pace through the city.

The cab, Rosemont Elite taxi No. 133, a mini-van, was was stolen around 6 a.m. in Des Plaines. Police in Skokie and Niles chased the cab at speeds as high as 80 miles an hour without capturing it. Once they broke off the chase, they discovered that the driver slowed down and started stopping for traffic lights, although still driving erratically.

Evanston police kept track of the cab as it rolled through town, but on orders from headquarters, officers didn’t try to stop it as it drove down Lincoln Street, through the Northwestern University campus and then south on Sheridan Road into Chicago.

The driver was finally apprehended by Chicago police after he clipped a school bus in Rogers Park and tried to flee from the cab.

The school bus driver, said to be the only person on the bus, reportedly wasn’t hurt.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Chase

    Channel 7 was also in the air and indicated that the bus driver was taken to St Francis. Seeing two choppers at that hour certainly was a wakeup call.

  2. Thats one way to keep

    Thats one way to keep Evanston and NU crime stats lower. Wait till the perp drives into Chicago before making the bust.

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