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Teen Indicted In Crash That Killed 911 Dispatcher

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Marquis Harrison, 16, was charged as an adult with one count of first-degree murder and driving under the influence in a crash that killed a 911 dispatcher for the city of Chicago. (Photo credit: Scott Schneider)

Marquis Harrison, 16, was charged as an adult with one count of first-degree murder and driving under the influence in a crash that killed a 911 dispatcher for the city of Chicago. (Photo credit: Scott Schneider)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — A Chicago teen has been indicted by a grand jury in connection with a police chase and deadly crash that killed a 911 dispatcher.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Lisa Fielding reports, Marquis Harrison, 16, is charged as an adult with first-degree murder and burglary. Police say he was driving a stolen sport-utility vehicle early on Sunday, July 10, when he hit a car being driven by Marciea Adkins, 42, and left her dead.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Lisa Fielding reports

A grand jury indictment against Harrison was down on Monday.

The honor student at Urban Prep Academy in East Garfield Park was drunk on vodka and high on ecstasy and marijuana when he stole the SUV he was driving, fled from a traffic stop and crashed into Adkins’ car, police and prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said he stole a Range Rover on Michigan Avenue on Sunday, after the 45-year-old owner of the SUV left the vehicle running while he fed a parking meter box.

Minutes later, Harrison was pulled over at Elston Avenue and Blackhawk Street after running a red light a mile north at Webster Avenue, police said.

As the officers were exiting their vehicle, Harrison allegedly backed up toward the officers and then struck the vehicle of a police supervisor who was on the scene.

The Range Rover fled the scene and officers gave chase. The SUV ran a stop sign while driving north on Hoyne Avenue, then struck Adkins’ car at the intersection of Hoyne and Armitage avenues in the Bucktown neighborhood. The SUV then hit a parked car and Harrison fled the scene on foot, but was arrested a short time later.

Adkins was driving home from a night shift at Office of Emergency Management and Communications at the time. The Range Rover hit the driver’s side of her sedan, causing severe damage.

Even the weighty Range Rover that slammed into Adkins’ car was also reduced to pieces.

Adkins worked as a 911 dispatcher for the city of Chicago since December 1996. She was returning home from the overnight shift at the Office of Emergency Management and Communications when the Range Rover slammed into her car.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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