CHICAGO — Two Chicago police officers are out of the hospital on Saturday night after they were hit by a getaway car while arresting a burglary suspect on the Near North Side.
Officers say the suspect not only drove into them but also hit his alleged partner in crime who was being arrested.
Alderman Brian Hopkins (2nd Ward), who represents the area, said the suspect who fled came within inches of seriously injuring the officers and his accomplice. Now a search for the person responsible is underway.
According to police, it all happened just before 8 a.m. near South Lake Shore Drive and East Chicago Avenue, in Streeterville.
Undercover officers, who were in the area to help curb crime after recent armed robberies and carjackings on the North Side, spotted the two suspects breaking into a parked plumbing truck in the 1500 block of North State Parkway in Gold Coast.
Police say after the alleged break-in, the tactical officers tracked the suspect’s car and stopped it at Chicago Avenue and Dusable Lake Shore Drive.
Hopkins said while the officers were arresting the driver, the driver’s accomplice, who was riding as a passenger, got into the driver’s seat and sped off.
“While one was being apprehended and attempting to take into custody the other one slid over into the driver’s seat and tried to take off and actually winded up striking his accomplice as well as the two police officers,” Hopkins said.
The officers and suspect were injured, but have since been treated and released from the hospital.
According to Hopkins, backup officers showed up quickly to arrest the initial driver.
Thanks to cameras on officers and surveillance at the scene, everything was captured.
“I was glad to install this camera right on the corner of Dusable Lake Shore Drive and Chicago Avenue last year and it turned out to be essential in getting the video in this incident,” Hopkins said.
Hopkins said the suspect in custody has an extensive criminal record, including multiple felony convictions. After Saturday’s alleged crime, the alderman said the man has been charged with vehicular burglary and felony aggravated battery to a police officer, for resisting arrest.
According to Hopkins, the suspects allegedly used a stolen car during Saturday’s crime. It was later located near 51st Street.
“What I do want to highlight for the residents of this community is these police officers were out there doing their job trying to bring violent dangerous offenders into custody and they got hurt today,” Hopkins said.
Hopkins said detectives do have leads on the identity of the suspect who got away.