Police Shoot, Wound DUI Suspect After Chase

CHICAGO (CBS) — Police shot and wounded a DUI suspect early Friday morning, after he led them on a chase up and down the Eisenhower Expressway.

The chase ended around 2:45 a.m. near Van Buren and Leavitt streets on the city’s Near West Side.

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The incident began about 15 minutes earlier, when police said they found a suspect passed out with a gun by his side in the 700 block of South Clark Street downtown.

The officers backed off and called for backup. The suspect woke up and drove away, leading police on a chase that went onto several downtown streets and up and down the Eisenhower.

Officers temporarily lost sight of the vehicle, but picked up the chase again after other officers spotted the vehicle and finally caught the driver when he blew a tire.

Chicago Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden said the suspect threatened the officers when the chase ended.

“The police are approaching the car, the offender picked the weapon up and is raising the weapon. At that point, an officer fires a shot at the offender, strikes him in the arm,” Camden said.

The suspect was hit in the elbow, and his injures are not life-threatening, Camden said.

The man’s gun was recovered, he said.

No officers were hurt during the chase or arrest.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • Larry

    I live right by the Ike and heard all of this last night at about 2:30. I kept seeing flashing lights and hearing sirens, so I got up and looked out onto the Ike. There were marked and unmarked cop cars going up and down the Ike both ways. I saw about 20 cop cars doing this. Their speed had to be upwards of 100 mph. I did not see the vehicle they were chasing.

    Does it take 20 cop cars to chase a DUI suspect? I imagine there were 50 cops involved in this. They like to play cowboys and indians.

  • Taxpayer

    The cop should be disciplined. Next time make it a head shot.

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