Police are investigating whether a man who drove into a Chicago police squad car early Wednesday in the Jefferson Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side was drunk during the crash, which injured him and two officers.

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Police are investigating whether a man who drove into a Chicago police squad car early Wednesday in the Jefferson Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side was drunk during the crash, which injured him and two officers.

Police are investigating whether a man who drove into a Chicago police squad car early Wednesday in the Jefferson Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side was drunk during the crash, which injured him and two officers.

Chicago Police Department

CHICAGO — Police are investigating whether a man who drove into a Chicago police squad car early Wednesday in the Jefferson Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side was drunk during the crash, which injured him and two officers.

About 12:15 a.m., the 38-year-old man was driving a 2019 Kia westbound in the 5600 block of West Lawrence Avenue when he blew a red light and struck the Chicago police vehicle that was going south on North Central Avenue, according to Chicago police.

The 38-year-old was taken to Lutheran Hospital, where he was stabilized. The driver and passenger of the police Ford Explorer were also hospitalized, both with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Police said they are investigating whether the 38-year-old was intoxicated.

The crash scene was contained to the southwest corner of Lawrence and Central, in front of a Starbucks parking lot. The police vehicle was backed up against the store’s sign, its front bumper unfastened. Between the squad car and a light pole now bent at a 45-degree angle from the ground was the badly damaged black Kia, with various belongings from the trunk strewn on the sidewalk behind it.

An officer walked around, taping a paper to what was left of the windshield of the Kia. Moments later, he took out a phone and began snapping photos of the wreck from the sidewalk.

“How does your car even end up like that?” said one neighbor who ventured outside the inspect the crash.

“People don’t pay attention,” an officer guarding the scene answered.

ayin@chicagotribune.com

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