A driver was in custody Sunday evening after crashing into four vehicles and then trying to run from the scene on the Magnificent Mile, police and witnesses said.
The crash happened in the 800 block of North Michigan Avenue about 4 p.m. yesterday said Chicago Police Department News Affairs Sgt. Antoinette Ursitti.
The driver, a man, had been double-parked on Chestnut Street just north of the Water Tower Place mall, when a Chicago police officer went up to the car while asking double-parked vehicles to move along, a witness said. When the officer approached, the driver would not open his window, then started to drive off, jumping a curb, driving toward Michigan Avenue and then turning right before crashing farther north on Michigan Avenue, witnesses said.
The driver’s vehicle, which one witness said looked like a Ford Taurus station wagon, lost its left front wheel in the impact, with the station wagon almost hitting a pedestrian, a second witness said in an email. At least one Chicago police officer ran after the man with a weapon drawn, the second witness said.
The man then ran south along the east edge of the Hancock Center before running into the American Girl store at Water Tower, where he was captured, witnesses said.
Source: Chicago Tribune