CHICAGO (STMW) — Four men have been charged after an SUV fleeing police crashed into another vehicle Monday in the South Side Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood, injuring five.
Officers first responded to the 1100 block of East 62nd Street at 10:18 a.m. Monday for reports that someone saw a person pass a handgun into a Lexus SUV, police News Affairs Officer Daniel O’Brien said.
Police saw a vehicle matching a description of the SUV and tried to pull it over, but the driver refused to stop, O’Brien said.
The SUV had also been reported stolen, O’Brien said. The officers called off the chase, but the SUV kept going and eventually hit a Pontiac near King Drive and Marquette Road where all four occupants were arrested.
Malik Brooks, 19, was charged with felony aggravated fleeing causing bodily injury, and a misdemeanor count of driving without ever having been issued a license, police News Affairs said.
Brooks was also charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass to vehicles, as were Kadree Renfro, 21, of the 700 block of East Bowen Avenue; Elisha Land, 20, of the 4900 block of West Rice Street; and Marquise Delphie, 30, of the 6100 block of South Vernon Avenue, police said.
Delphie was also arrested for violating the conditions of his bail bond, police said.
Brooks, of the 4100 block of South Drexel Boulevard, was ticketed for disobeying a red light, failing to stop at a stop sign, driving without insurance and not wearing a seat belt, police said. He will appear in bond court Wednesday.
Three females inside the Pontiac were taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, and were expected to be treated and released, O’Brien said. Two people inside the SUV — the driver and a passenger — were also treated at area hospitals.
Authorities did not recover a weapon from the SUV, O’Brien said.
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