A Chicago police officer is in fair condition after the driver of a stolen car backed into him during a traffic stop in the Viagra Triangle on Tuesday afternoon, according to CPD.
Police tried to stop the vehicle on the corner of State and Maple streets after it came back stolen during a check of its license plate at 4:04 p.m. As officers approached, the driver put the car into reverse and pinned an officer between the allegedly stolen car and another vehicle, according to Officer Steve Rusanov, a CPD spokesperson.
“I saw a policeman get smashed between two cars,” a witness told CWBChicago. Other cops “ripped someone from the car,” he said.
According to police, an ambulance transported the injured officer to Northwestern Memorial Hospital with an injury to his lower leg.
Officers recovered a handgun at the scene, Rusanov said. The male driver and a female passenger were taken into custody.
Records indicate the allegedly stolen car was also wanted for fleeing and eluding police in southwest suburban Midlothian.
Area Three detectives are investigating Tuesday’s incident, Rusanov said.