15-year-old crashes hijacked SUV in Streeterville, 3 arrested

Two teenagers and a woman were arrested after they crashed an allegedly hijacked SUV in Lincoln Park on Monday evening and crashed minutes later in Streeterville.

According to Chicago police, three people pulled a woman from her Audi Q5 on the 2300 block of North Clark in Lincoln Park and drove away with her car yesterday evening.

Moments later, around 5:50 p.m., a 15-year-old driving the stolen vehicle tried to avoid a traffic jam by jumping onto the drive’s inner lanes at Chicago Avenue. He ran a red light and collided with a car that was turning in the intersection, according to a CPD traffic crash report.

Three people who ran from the crashed SUV were arrested in the area within a few minutes. The report said they are two 15-year-old boys and a 19-year-old woman. Charges were pending.

According to the crash report, a 27-year-old man who was driving the other vehicle was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment along with his passenger, a 26-year-old woman. The extent of their injuries was not detailed in the report.

Hijacking cases are setting a record pace for June, according to CPD data. There were 99 carjackings in the city during the first three weeks of this month, up from 78 last year. There were 80 cases during the period in 2020 and 34 in 2019.

Year-to-date, police logged 762 hijackings through June 21. That’s up more than 7% from the same point last year. The comparable periods in 2020 and 2019 had 438 and 238 cases, respectively.

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