2 Arrested, 1 Flees After SUV Flips In Roscoe Village While Fleeing Police
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UPDATED: 1/10/2013 – 4:40 p.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — Two suspects were in custody, and police were searching for a third, after an SUV that was fleeing from police flipped over in Roscoe Village.
Three people in an SUV were trying to elude police after one of the occupants fired a gun at a building in the 4300 block of West Altgeld Street at about 8 a.m. Thursday, police said. The group apparently were trying to burglarize a van when a woman heard a crashing sound and looked out her window, spotting two men breaking into the van.
The men apparently spotted the woman and fired at the window, and the woman was hurt by broken glass and debris, police said.
Police responding to the report of gunshots located the SUV and tried to pull it over, but the vehicle sped off, and police called off the chase.
Illinois State Police later spotted the vehicle, but also gave up the chase because the SUV was going too fast.
At about 9:20 a.m., police spotted the SUV again when it hit another vehicle at Paulina and School streets and flipped onto its roof.
Police saw three people get out and try to flee. Officers apprehended two suspects–a man and a woman. A third person — described as a Hispanic man in his 20s, wearing a blue baseball cap, black hoodie and jeans — managed to get away.
Workers and customers at a nearby restaurant saw the SUV speed past before the crash.
“It whizzed by so fast,” said Guy Nickson, owner of Wishbone Restaurant on Lincoln Avenue. “Then we heard the boom and everyone started rushing out on the street.”
Witnesses said the SUV was speeding west on School Street when it hit a pickup truck at Paulina Street, then flipped over.
Wishbone chef Jon Trubow described the wreck.
“You hear screeching tires, and a loud bang,” he said. “It came to a stop, and the three of them started to scatter out of the car.”
Nickson said, when he got to the scene of the crash, the SUV had already flipped over.
“A wheel had flown off of it, and a woman was crawling out of the window,” he said.
A waiter at Wishbone had his camera phone rolling as the three people in the car started getting out.
“Two guys, they got out and started running that way,” he said.
He recorded the woman being taken into custody, and one of the men being handcuffed. The third suspect got away.
The two suspects who were caught were taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center for treatment. The Fire Department said one of them was in serious to critical condition at the time.
A handgun was recovered at the scene. Charges were pending against the two suspects in custody.
Police said the SUV was involved in two hit-and-run crashes while fleeing police before the wreck at School and Paulina. There were no other injuries reported, other than those in the SUV.