Chicago police arrested two people during a street “takeover” in the Loop early on New Year’s Eve. But a driver who nearly struck an officer while fleeing the scene got away.
A video posted to the Citizen app showed two cars spinning donuts in the intersection of Wacker and Franklin around 3:30 a.m. A couple of passing motorists stopped on the Franklin Street bridge and joined another 60 or so spectators, forming a circle around the performance.
The footage shows the crowd breaking up quickly as police units arrived.
When you watch the video, keep an eye on the two officers who get out of the first squad car on the scene. They walked over to the intersection and prepared to deploy stop-sticks to keep one of the cars from leaving. The driver sped away and, at the 34-second mark, nearly struck one of the cops.
This next video, provided by a reader, gives a better look at the driver’s apparent attempt to run over the officer. It happens at about the 7-second mark:
Some CPD units followed the driver onto the outbound Kennedy Expressway, but they broke off at Armitage, and the Infiniti got away.
Two other people were arrested at the scene. Details about those charges were not immediately available.
Earlier in December, Chicago police impounded a woman’s car after a Berwyn man allegedly used it to spin donuts in the 3100 block of South Western Avenue.
About a week later, the same man was arrested again for allegedly spinning donuts in a different car during a takeover at 51st and Kedzie. Cops impounded it, too.