Awkward! Man drives into CPD station parking lot to escape a running gun battle, gets ticketed

A shoot-out between the occupants of two vehicles directly in front of a North Side police station ended badly for a third driver who tried to escape the gunfire by pulling into the 18th District station’s parking lot. Not only did his car get shot, but cops gave him four tickets after he ran into their paddy wagon.

Officers working at the Near North District station, 1160 North Larrabee, reported hearing shots fired around 12:44 a.m. Wednesday. They quickly located a 27-year-old Old Town man who was in the station parking lot with his conversion van.

Officers enjoy a skyline view from the 18th District police station parking lot. | Google

The man told police he pulled into their parking lot to get away from the gunfire that was being exchanged between a green Dodge Charger and a black Dodge Durango as they drove in front of the station. As he entered the police station lot, he collided with a parked CPD prisoner transport truck, according to a CPD report. His van was also struck by gunfire, the report said.

Police surveillance cameras showed the Durango and Charger were actually chasing after the conversion van, according to the report. Neither the van’s driver nor his 34-year-old female passenger was injured.

According to police records, officers ticketed the man for driving at an unsafe speed, failure to have a driver’s license, failure to have insurance, and failure to have a valid registration.

No one is in custody for firing the guns.

Officers assigned to the station patrol neighborhoods like River North, Streeterville, the Gold Coast, and Old Town.

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