DOWNTOWN — A 17-year-old boy has been charged with stealing a Mercedes on Tuesday night on the Near North Side, hitting cars and pedestrians while trying to drive off, police said.
At 7:05 p.m., the car’s owner, a 30-year-old man, left the car unlocked and the engine running in the 100 block of East Huron Street as he tried to get items from the trunk, police said. The teen got into the car and started to drive away, police said.
The car’s owner tried to stop the teen and was briefly dragged by the car. He was bruised and taken to Northwestern Hospital, where his condition was not available but he was listed as “stable,” police said.
The teen hit several parked cars, a bicyclist and someone walking, police said. The bicyclist was treated at the scene and the pedestrian was taken to Northwestern Hospital, where his or her condition was not available, police said.
The teen tried to run away but was taken into custody in the 300 block of South Lake Shore Drive, police said.
The teen was charged with vehicular hijacking and leaving the scene of an accident that caused injury, police said. He was scheduled to appear in Juvenile Court on Wednesday.