Police search for driver of SUV that hit 2 Cook County sheriff’s squad cars during traffic stop on West Side

Police search for driver of SUV that hit 2 Cook County sheriff’s squad cars during traffic stop on West Side
Police squad car lights. Photo credit Getty Images

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – Two Cook County sheriff’s officers were treated and released from the hospital after their squad car was rammed during a traffic stop in South Austin on the West Side Saturday night. Chicago police are looking for the driver.

The sheriff’s office said members of its street crime suppression unit saw license plates registered to another vehicle on a grey SUV. It was around 8:45 p.m. near Central Avenue and Washington Street.

A sheriff’s spokeswoman said after a second squad pulled in front of the SUV in an alley, the driver sped backwards into the first squad, sending it spinning. The officers got out and as the SUV driver was backing up again, one of the officers fired shots. The sheriff’s office said the SUV driver hit the second squad and drove away.

Police found the SUV 20 minutes later after witnesses said two people set it on fire.

The officers were treated as a precaution.