Police Release Video of Driver Striking Squad Vehicle

Two Chicago police officers are in stable condition after their squad vehicle was struck overnight by an alleged drunk driver who ran a red light in the Lakeview neighborhood.

The police department’s 19th District shared video Friday morning of the overnight crash, which shows the squad vehicle being lifted into the air and colliding with another vehicle as it was struck by a male driver whose blood alcohol content was allegedly more than 2.5 times the legal limit.

“One of our cars was struck last night by a driver who went through a red light and had an initial blood alcohol content of ‘.205’, 2 1/2 times the legal limit,” the 19th District Town Hall said in a tweet Friday morning. “Fortunately our officers were not very seriously injured. The offender was. DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE!”

Just before midnight, the 23-year-old driver of a black Honda Civic was heading south on Ashland Avenue when he allegedly ignored a red light and slammed into the officers. The force of the crash spun the squad vehicle as both it and the Civic collided into a third vehicle – a blue Ford Fiesta driven by a 28-year-old woman.

Two officers in the squad vehicle were transported to an area hospital. The officer behind the wheel suffered leg and arm pain while the passenger had overall pain to the body, police said. Both are in stable condition.

The female driver of the Fiesta that was struck refused medical treatment. The driver of the striking vehicle was taken to Northwestern Hospital for observation.

Police say the male driver is in custody as the department's investigation continues. His name has not yet been released.

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