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Man Charged In Englewood Squad Car Crash That Hurt Cop

Shawn James (Credit: Chicago Police Department)

Shawn James (Credit: Chicago Police Department)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — A man was charged Friday after a vehicle hit a squad car in the South Side Englewood neighborhood Wednesday night, leaving a Chicago Police officer and two other people injured.

Shawn James, 32, of the 7100 block of South Lowe Avenue, was charged with three counts of aggravated fleeing, possession of less than 2.5 grams of cannabis, driving under the influence, driving with a revoked driver’s license, having no insurance, damage to public property and driving without headlights, according to a release from police News Affairs.

The crash happened in the 7600 block of South Union Avenue about 9:25 p.m., when police officers witnessed the vehicle violating a minor traffic law, police said.

Police officers tried pulling over the vehicle but the vehicle ran a stop sign and ended up striking another squad car, police said.

The officer in the damaged squad car suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, police News Affairs Officer Ronald Gaines said.

At least one person inside the vehicle that struck the squad car was also taken to Christ with injuries not believed to be life-threatening, Gaines said.

A spokesman for the Chicago Fire Department said a third person was also taken to Christ.

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