Elisha Clark, 25, of Grayslake was pronounced dead at the scene after a high speed DUI related crash.
Donald Mischke, 54, was fleeing police after allegedly breaking into a Target store and stealing a flat screen television set. Mischke allegedly used his vehicle to ram the front door of the Target store just enough to break in. The officer who spotted Mischke loading the television into his car tried to stop his car near the store but the defendant drove off at a high rate of speed. The officer stopped her persuit when the defendant turned onto a road with heavy traffic. Mischke allegedly ran a red light at Belvidere Road in Waukegan, striking the driver side of Clark’s vehicle.
Mischke was charged with driving under the influence of drugs after his blood tested positive for cocaine. Mischke previously lost his driver’s license after a 1994 DUI conviction and he has been convicted of driving on a revoked license three times.
Lake County official are still waiting for more evidence before additional charges are filed against Meschke.
Woman dies in car crash after being hit by fleeing suspect, www.cbslocal.com, December 23, 2010
More charges possible in crash that killed Grayslake woman, www.dailyherald.com, December 24, 2010