NILES, Ill. — A man was arrested after fleeing from police in Niles and subsequently crashing early Friday morning.

Just after 1:45 a.m. an Niles police officer attempted to make a traffic stop on a 2018 Cadillac XT5 in the 7100 block of North Caldwell Avenue. Police said the vehicle did not stop and was last seen traveling eastbound on Estes at a high-rate of speed.

During a search of the nearby area, a Niles officer discovered the vehicle had crashed near Wildwood Park in Chicago. They observed a tall thin male run from the driver’s side of the vehicle through the park.

Shortly after the crash, Chicago police told Niles police that the owner of the vehicle reported that he was the victim of an armed carjacking near Touhy and Odell and that he was being held at gunpoint while being forced to drive.

Following an investigation, police determined the driver’s story to be false.

Wilfredo Monge Jr., 25, of Chicago, was arrested and charged with the misdemeanor count of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer.

Editor’s note: Per Chicago police, our previous story reflected that the driver was forced to drive at gunpoint prior to the crash. Niles police said following an investigation, that story was proved to be false.