6:42 PM CDT, July 4, 2013
A man was arrested late this afternoon after a pursuit of a cab that was stolen when a cabbie was stabbed in the throat in Naperville, police said.
The cabbie had picked up a fare about 4:45 a.m. at a gas station in the 600 block of North Route 59 in Naperville, according to police.
The man asked to be taken to downtown Aurora, then changed his mind and asked the cabbie "to drop him off at a different location and proceeded to give the driver street-by-street instructions," Aurora police said in a statement.
When the cab reached Spring and Fourth streets in Aurora, the man told the driver to pull over, then held a knife to his throat and cut him, police said. The driver jumped from the cab while it was still moving, and the attacker got into the front seat when it came to rest against another car, police said.
The driver for Eagle Taxi, 39, was taken to a hospital and was expected to be treated and released, police said.
A description of the robber and the cab was sent out over police scanner radio following the robbery, and later this afternoon, an off-duty officer from a neighboring agency spotted the cab near Illinois Route 59 and Butterfield Road, police said.
About 4:47 p.m., the off-duty officer began to follow the stolen cab and alerted Aurora police. Police then began to follow the cab near Eola and Butterfield Roads.
A stop stick was used during the pursuit and an Illinois State Police airplane assisted in tracking the stolen cab, police said.
The pursuit ended shortly after 5 p.m. when the driver pulled over to the side of the road at Walter and Ohio streets and was arrested, police said. One of the tires on the cab was destroyed, officials said.
During the chase, the stolen cab and a police vehicle collided, and the driver of the stolen cab, a 33-year-old Aurora man, was injured and taken to an area hospital, police said.
As of 6:30 p.m., charges were pending.
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