Dramatic video shows stolen vehicle strike Illinois State Police troopers during traffic stop
CHICAGO - Illinois State Police troopers were injured after responding to a carjacking on Chicago's South Side Tuesday afternoon, and the dramatic incident was captured on cell phone video.
At approximately 5:15 p.m., Illinois State Police (ISP) Statewide Anti-Violence Enforcement Group (SAVE) Troopers responded to a vehicle involved in an aggravated vehicular hijacking while conducting a saturation patrol on I-94.
The black BMW fit the description of a vehicle that was stolen at approximately 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to ISP officials.
During an attempted traffic stop, the BMW fled but was then blocked by traffic near 47th Street and Wentworth Avenue. ISP troopers arrived and approached the vehicle on foot, officials said.
Traffic began to open up and the driver of the alleged stolen vehicle swerved toward ISP troopers who were on the scene, according to officials.
Wild cell phone video captured the moment the driver stepped on the gas and sped away – hitting two troopers in the process.
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One of the ISP troopers was in front of the stolen car trying to stop it, when he went flying over the top and was knocked to the ground.
The fleeing BMW also caused damage to an ISP vehicle.
"It’s a black 2017 BMW. Just struck two ISP units while they were attempting to apprehend the occupants," a dispatcher reported over scanner traffic.
According to officials, the ISP troopers who were struck avoided ‘direct’ contact with the vehicle but still suffered some injuries. The extent of their injuries is unknown.
The ISP troopers returned to their ISP squad car in an attempt to locate the BMW, officials said.
Shortly after, the stolen BMW fled and crashed into a tree at 41st and Federal, less than one mile away from the traffic stop, where Chicago police officers responded.
CPD apprehended one suspect – a juvenile passenger.
This is an ongoing investigation.