have seized a vehicle suspected to have been involved in a hit-and-run
accident which damaged the American Legion monument sign on Friday, June 30.
police, at 7:24 a.m. that day a Westchester Public Library employee driving
a van arrived on station to report the crash. He gave this account of the
incident: he’d been westbound on Wabash Ave. when he observed a
greenish-gray vehicle approaching him eastbound on Wabash Ave., “all over
The WPL employee,
fearing his van might be struck, pulled into the parking lot of the old
Westchester Lanes, where he watched the driver of the oncoming vehicle cross
the center line and hit the American Legion Post 170’s monument sign. The
driver of that vehicle then “came across to (the WPL employee’s) location,”
striking the van as well, before turning around in the parking lot and
continuing eastbound on Wabash Ave.
The WPL employee
followed the suspect vehicle through town--from North Fourth Street across
Broadway, West Indiana Ave., West Morgan Ave., onto Lincoln Ave., then onto
South Fifth Street, across West Porter Ave., and finally onto Oakwood
Drive--where he lost sight of the vehicle.
As soon as the WPL
employee turned onto Oakwood Drive, he was unable to see the vehicle, giving
him reason to believe that the driver had turned right onto northbound Sixth
Street. The employee then turned right himself, where he observed a male
subject “walking out of a garage.”
the WPL employee provided to the CPD. Officers responded to the garage in
question, through whose window they were able to observe a grayish passenger
vehicle with extensive damage, police said. No one at the residence answered
their knocks, however, and the officers subsequently obtained a warrant to
enter the garage and seize the vehicle in question, police said.
At 10:30 a.m. that
day, warrant in hand, officers forced entry to the garage and impounded the
vehicle. “No one came out of the house, although there was a figure moving
around inside,” police said. “He/she could be seen through the window
(though not well enough for identification).”
As of Wednesday,
July 5, no one had contacted the CPD about the impounded vehicle, police
said, and further attempts to make contact with the vehicle’s registered
owner as well as with the residents of the home have been unsuccessful.