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Driver Fleeing Police Crashes Into City Truck In Lincoln Square, Causing Stolen Car To Burst Into Flames, Police Say

Police were chasing the car because they thought the people inside had been involved in an armed robbery, officials said.

The driver of a car wanted by police crashed and the car burst into flames near Oakley Avenue and Winona Street Monday, Dec. 12, 2022.
Courtesy Andre Vasquez/40th Ward Office
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LINCOLN SQUARE — A driver fleeing police crashed and their car burst into flames Monday morning on a residential block in Lincoln Square, according to police and the local aldermen.

About 10:45 a.m., several people in a stolen silver Hyundai robbed someone in the 1900 block of West Berteau Avenue, then tried to rob someone again in the 4600 block of North Ravenswood Avenue, Ald. Matt Martin posted on Facebook. The robbers were armed, he wrote.

Not long after, officers spotted the car thought to be used in the robberies. The driver of the Hyundai was driving away when they struck a Department of Streets and Sanitation truck that was stopped at the intersection of Oakley Avenue and Winona Street, police said.

The car was engulfed in flames, and those inside ran away, police said. Firefighters put out the fire. No one was injured in the crash, according to police.

A Department of Streets and Sanitation truck was also damaged in the crash and fire, police said.

Credit: Ryan Donahue
The driver of a car wanted by police crashed and the car burst into flames near Oakley Avenue and Winona Street Monday, Dec. 12, 2022.

The four people who fled from the Hyundai were caught and arrested, police said. Charges are pending.

An investigation is ongoing. Ald. Andre Vasquez (40th) said neighbors were instrumental in helping police track down the people suspected in the robberies.

Anyone with information was asked to call investigators at 312-744-8261.

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