Drunk Driver Hits Chicago Police SUV at Belmont and Ashland in Lake View Neighborhood, Chicago

A police SUV was hit by a drunk driver early Friday morning in Chicago’s Lake View neighborhood.

Chicago police, firefighters, and medics responded about 11:57 p.m. Thursday April 4, 2019 to Belmont Avenue and Ashland Avenue when two Chicago police officers were injured when their SUV was hit by another vehicle .

The Chicago Police officers were traveling eastbound on Belmont Avenue when a 23 year-old male driver ran a red light at the intersection of Belmont and Ashland Avenue and Lincoln in his black Honda Civic. The Honda Civic was traveling southbound on Ashland Avenue when it crash with the rear driver’s side of the police SUV, lifting it off the ground and spinning it around. After the initial impact, the police SUV hit a third car — a blue Ford Fiesta.

The officer in the driver’s seat of the police SUV suffered pain in the leg and arm while the other officer “had overall pain to the body,” police said. The two police officers were transported to an area hospital where their conditions were stabilized.

The driver of the Civic was transported to the hospital for observation, and the 28 year-old female driver of the Ford Fiesta refused medical treatment.

The driver of the Honda was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for observation, police said.

Police in the CPD 19th District shared a video of the crash on Twitter, reporting that the driver’s blood alcohol level was .205 or two-and-a-half times the legal limit, and warned people not to drive drunk.


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