Forest Park residents in the 600 blocks of Marengo and Elgin Avenues were surprised to see police K9 dogs patrolling their blocks and hear a police helicopter flying overhead the night of Sept. 11. 

Police were helping Chicago police search for two men who fled on foot from their abandoned car on the I-290 expressway at Circle Avenue and jumped the fence, heading north into Forest Park.

The chase began at Laramie and Harrison Streets in Chicago around 8:50 p.m. when officers attempted a traffic stop of an unspecified vehicle for possible drug activity. The car sped onto the westbound Ike, where a Chicago squad chased it past Harlem. According to dispatchers, two men pulled the car to the side of the road and one exited, “holding his side.” Officers followed on foot.

By 9:15 Forest Park officers and the K9 unit had been called in and a Chicago police helicopter was circling overhead. Backup officers found a “large amount” of marijuana in the abandoned car. But in spite of a block by block canvas, no suspects turned up and police called off the search by 10:15.

Jean Lotus loves community journalism. She covers news, features, two school boards, village council, crime, park district and writes obits for Forest Park Review. She also covers the police beat for...

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