A high-speed chase involving a Highland Park Department of Public Safety officer on Saturday night may have been connected to a series of burglaries in the area on the same evening.
The incident began at 11:49 p.m. in the 4500 block of Abbott Avenue, when a patrol cop spotted a silver 2012 Toyota Camry stopped with its high-beams on. The car began moving slowly, then ran a stop sign at the intersection of Abbott and Knox Street, prompting the officer to turn on his strobe lights and siren.
The car stopped at the intersection of Knox and North Central Expressway, but didn’t pull over. It then headed northbound on Central, reaching speeds close to 100 mph while weaving erratically through traffic.
The Toyota exited at Caruth Haven and drove eastbound, at which time the HPDPS officer lost sight of it and ended the pursuit.
The same night, police reports show five car burglaries in the vicinity where the Toyota was stopped. University Park police also reported two men running from an incident in the 3400 block of Normandy Avenue.