CHICAGO — Two suspects were arrested after a carjacking turned into a police chase and crash on the Dan Ryan Expressway — and then another carjacking, according to Chicago police.
An Illinois Department of Transportation worker had just finished his shift and was on his way home, when his Jeep Cherokee was rear-ended around 2 a.m. Monday at 35th Street and Wentworth Avenue.
According to state police and an IDOT employee, when the IDOT worker got out of his vehicle, he was confronted and carjacked at gunpoint. The offenders apparently used a second car to create a "bump-and-run" scenario.
“The Nissan bumped him from behind. He got out and another car pulled up with guns and told him to give up his keys and they took off with all three cars,” the victim's co-worker told WGN.
A short time later near 63rd and Yale street, police spotted the Nissan — that was reported stolen from Calumet Park— and pursued the vehicle. The Nissan ended up crashing into the median near 35th Street on the Dan Ryan.
Two suspects were taken into custody. A third suspect got out of the Nissan and carjacked the driver of a black Honda Civic, then fled northbound.
The IDOT employee is OK. Police are still searching for his Jeep Cherokee, and the third suspect who fled.
No other injuries are reported.
IDOT worker carjacked at 35th/Wentworth while in personal vehicle just after getting off work. Vehicle involved in carjacking then crashed on the Dan Ryan. All lanes are back open. @cgousman is live this morning with the details. pic.twitter.com/QmLfwfcdoR
— Sarah Jindra (@SarahJindra) February 24, 2020