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CHICAGO (CBS) – Police say a Wicker Park burglary suspect was so determined to escape that he took off with a police officer it the back of his getaway car.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Mike Krauser reports, police responded around 2 p.m. Wednesday to a call of a burglary in progress in the 1600 block of North Winchester Avenue, according to Shakespeare District police Capt. Marc Buslik.

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Two suspects were allegedly attempting to burglarize a home at that location, but the homeowner came up and chased them into the alley just as police arrived.

The suspects fled down a gangway and into and alley toward their still-running vehicle when the homeowner confronted and began to chase them, Buslik said.

Responding police officers found at least one of the suspects, identified as 23-year-old Timothy Davenport, in the alley and used a Taser on him after he hit an officer with a closed fist, the captain said.

Still, Davenport managed to hop in his car and drive off, with two police officers in his car. One officer was thrown from the moving car, while the other became locked in the back seat.

While still in the vehicle, Davenport allegedly kept swinging, hitting the officer in the backseat in the chest and neck before stopping and fleeing on foot, Buslik said.

Several other responding officers arrested the still-struggling suspect outside Piece Pizzeria and Brewery, at 1927 W. North Ave., after a brief foot chase, he said.

Davenport, of the 3200 block of South Morgan Street, was charged with two counts of aggravated battery to a police officer, five counts of resisting arrest, two counts of reckless conduct and one count of residential burglary, Buslik said. A parolee, Davenport has a previous felony conviction for residential burglary, the captain said.

No officers were seriously hurt in the incident, the captain said.

Davenport is scheduled to appear for a bond hearing later Thursday.

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