The driver of a hijacked car slammed into a Chicago police officer in the South Loop on Saturday evening, leaving the cop in fair condition with a leg injury, police said.
Chicago Contrarian tweeted video that shows the carjacked vehicle striking the officer moments after he exited his squad car on the 100 block of East Roosevelt around 9 p.m.
The gray 2008 Saturn Vue was hijacked on the 1100 block of West 113th Place earlier Saturday, according to police records.
Cops spotted it downtown yesterday evening and tried to pull it over, police said. Its driver sped away and crossed into the Loop around 9 p.m.
In a media statement, CPD said officers stepped out of their cars to approach the stolen vehicle after it became stuck in traffic Michigan and Roosevelt. But the driver drove onto the curb and struck the officer, then fled the scene, the statement said. No arrests have been announced.
The fire department said it transported a 23-year-old man from the scene to Stroger Hospital.
He was the second Chicago cop in a week to be struck by a vehicle downtown.
Prosecutors on Friday charged a man with injuring a Chicago police sergeant as he sped away from a River North traffic stop Saturday. The car also struck A 5-year-old girl and a woman in that incident. A spokesperson for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office said prosecutors will file additional charges.