Waukegan Police Officer Dragged by Suspect with Stolen Vehicle; Suspect At Large, Vehicle Recovered


Waukegan police chief praises cops who surrounded suspects in a stolen vehicle over the weekend. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.

Waukegan police responded about 6:30 p.m. Saturday when police discovered a gray Volkswagen Jetta at a BP gas station at 902 Grand Avenue that had been reported stolen from the block of 700 Belvidere Street.

A video from a bystander captured a felony traffic stop with police ordering the suspect to get out of the car. A police officer also shattered the rear driver’s side window of the stolen auto.

A second video from the bystander — both posted on Facebook — captured the driver of the Jetta make a hard right turn in the gas station bay, while dragging the police officer during the felony traffic stop. The police officer was treated and released at an area hospital and was able to return to work the following day.

Police pursued the vehicle until they terminated the pursuit, deciding it was too reckless to continue. The stolen vehicle was described as a gray four-door 2005 Volkswagen Jetta with an Illinois license plate of Z 84 2693, front-end damage, and a broken back window. The vehicle had been last seen near Sheridan Road and Belvidere Street.

A citizen noticed the gray 2005 Volkswagen Jetta parked on Butrick Street in Waukegan late Monday, and because of TV news, recognized it as the stolen vehicle associated with the police officer-dragging incident.

The Waukegan police credited Chicagoland media for the citizen’s call to the police.

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