Cop injured when suspected looters strike him with U-Haul truck in River North

The group’s U-Haul truck crashed in Greektown. | Provided

Eight people who initially escaped a police pursuit early Monday were arrested two hours later when cops saw them driving their distinctive U-Haul pickup truck in the 18th District police station parking lot.

A police officer was injured when the truck allegedly struck him during the initial confrontation. The officer’s injuries are not life-threatening.

It all began around 3:20 a.m. when police saw suspected looters inside Walgreens, 641 North Clark, in River North. Police arrested two people at the scene, but the others fled. Some got into the U-Haul truck, which struck an officer and then sped through the neighborhood and headed onto the Kennedy Expressway. A police supervisor ordered officers to terminate the pursuit as the chase neared Randolph Street.

A police department source said cops seized a Kia automobile that the intruders abandoned at Walgreens and drove it to the 18th District station.

Just after 5 a.m., officers at the station declared an emergency when they saw the distinctive U-Haul truck in their parking lot. The source said police believe the alleged offenders drove to the station so they could abscond with the seized Kia.

Police immediately launched two vehicle pursuits — chasing the U-Haul back onto the Kennedy and chasing the Kia onto Inner Lake Shore Drive.

Officers arrested three occupants of the truck after it crashed near Halsted and Monroe in Greektown a short time later. Three others were arrested after cops curbed the Kia on the 100 block of East Illinois in Streeterville.

Incredibly, a CPD source said a Walgreens cash register fell out of the U-Haul truck bed as it sped around the police parking lot.

Four people have been charged with misdemeanors and four others have charges pending, according to a police department spokesperson.

The spokesperson said misdemeanor trespassing charges have been filed against:

  • Isaish Tate, 22, of Glenview
  • Klenshaye Little, 23, of Bellwood
  • Zhariana Armani McNeal, 21, of Kenosha, WI
  • Paul Malik Tate, 22, of Des Plaines

CWBChicago will post an update when the pending charges are approved.