Uber driver carjacked in Lincoln Park, 17-year-old in custody after crash

The hijacked car sits wedged between a pole and a fence in the 1000 block of South Clark. | Citizen App

CHICAGO — Illinois State Police troopers, Chicago police, and CPD’s helicopter unit teamed up to catch a teenager who carjacked a rideshare driver in Lincoln Park on Saturday night.

According to CPD, the 29-year-old driver was targeted around 11:30 p.m. as he waited to pick up passengers in the 2100 block of North Dayton.

Two masked gunmen walked up and ordered him to get out of his white 2021 Toyota Corolla. He complied with their demands, and the hijackers drove away with the car.

Within a few minutes, police located the vehicle, and CPD’s helicopter began tracking it from the air as a fleet of state police cruisers moved in.

The hijackers crashed into a pole in the 1000 block of South Clark and made a run for it. One got away, but cops caught a 17-year-old boy.

Officers said they recovered a ski mask and two firearms from the vehicle, at least one of which was equipped with an after-market switch that could make it fire automatically.

Prosecutors charged the 17-year-old with unlawful use of a machine gun, possessing a stolen motor vehicle, two counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, and three counts of aggravated fleeing.

Here is some video from the scene via the Citizen app:

Vehicle Collision @CitizenApp

1152 S Clark St Yesterday 11:56:06 PM CDT

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