Three Cops Hurt After Man Steals Cab, Hits 2 Police Cars

Updated 2:35 p.m. 12/19/11

CHICAGO (CBS) — Three Chicago police officers were recovering, after a car thief went on a wild ride Sunday morning through the Gold Coast neighborhood.

WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports around 7:30 a.m. Sunday, a cab driver stopped for a cup of coffee at a Starbucks at Division and Dearborn streets.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports

While the cabbie inside, a thief stole his taxi and, then ran a red light at Division and State streets, and hit a police Mass Transit Unit squad car a few blocks south at State and Walton streets. An officer in the car suffered non life-threatening injuries and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

The thief kept going after hitting the squad car, and the cab company used the car’s GPS system to help police track the taxi.

Police caught up with the car thief at Goethe and Stone streets, where he jumped out of the cab, leaving it in gear. The taxi kept rolling and hit the police car that was chasing it.

The officer in the squad car and other police officers chased the suspect on foot and arrested him in the 1200 block of North Astor Street at about 8 a.m. Sunday.

Two officers suffered non-life-threatening injuries durin the pursuit, and at least one was taken to Northwestern.

The alleged thief, Cortez Carter, 30, of Chicago was later charged with a variety of charges, including possession of stolen motor vehicle, reckless driving and driving without a license.

On Monday, Carter was ordered held on $200,000 bond and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for Jan. 10.

  • Bob Hamilton

    I’m assuming (ok, hoping) the Chicago Police beat this thug senseless, which was not too far to go for this punk. There should be a law requiring a prolonged beating for criminals like this. Merry Christmas!

  • Miguel Rivera

    If car thief would have been hit by an auto. That would have cheered me up.

  • Centurion

    You do understand…that Mr. Carter will plead NOT GUILTY! The city of Chicago will appoint a defense attorney. Who will then bill the city 100,s of thousand of dollars defending Mr. Carter
    The CPD did not assault Mr. Carter. If they had done so, Mr. Carter would have won that infamous state lottery game called….RESIST ARREST…and the city would be paying a million dollar settlement to Cortez Carter.

    • Bob Hamilton

      No. the police cannot use that weak excuse to avoid beating people who need it. That’s why I’d like to see the beatings be required by law. It is the best way to prevent other crime. Seriously.

    • Just the Average Joe

      You are so right on the mark. This guy will milk the system, the taxpayer will pay at least 100K on this guy, car repairs, judicial process, hospital cost, incarceration, defense and prosecution, food and medical. This is money that could have been spent on helping the needy, schools, and a variety of other services that would have provided public benefit. Instead, the money is wasted on a thug. Repeat this same thing every single day, and you have a city that can’t tax enough to support the services expected. Get as far away as possible from the homies in order to live and prosper.

  • Jim Hamilton

    What did this guy do wrong? He didn’t have a driver license so he took a cab. These poor folks just can’t get a break.

    • OLD VET


      • Jim Hamilton

        Oh you know they can’t see the error of their ways

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