Nearly hourlong police chase ends in wetland in Lake County

Wauconda police pursued an armed man for nearly an hour Thursday afternoon through Wauconda, Mundelein and other parts of Lake County before arresting him with the help of a Lake County Sheriff’s Office dog, authorities said Thursday.

Officers were dispatched to a traffic complaint at the 1100 block of Van Buren Street at 1:39 p.m. Thursday, according to a news release from the Wauconda Police Department. When police arrived, they found the man, James M. Webb, “acting erratically and yelling” before he fled the scene, according to the release.

Police alleged that while fleeing east on Route 176 to the Del Webb subdivision, Webb collided with a silver Mercedes and damaged a gas line at the 1100 block of Jackson Avenue, struck a black Lexus at Fairfield and Gossell Roads and attempted to ram a black Lincoln sedan as the driver tried to get out of the way at Gilmer Road and Route 176.

The pursuit ended on the 3800 block of Canton Circle when Webb drove into a wetland, police said. Webb was ordered out of his vehicle but refused, police said.

The Lake County Sheriff’s dog Duke subdued Webb, who was taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville for treatment of dog bites, according to the release. Upon his release, he will be charged, police said.

Webb was wanted on multiple warrants, including aggravated battery, a parole violation and possession of drugs, according to the news release. He also is accused of fleeing from the Island Lake Police Department on July 22, police said.