Skokie police officer injured in crash with stolen car

SKOKIE, Ill. -- Stolen vehicles. A damaged police car. An injured officer. Some arrests, but some people still on the run.

That's the wild scenario that unfolded early, Wednesday morning, and stretched from Skokie to the South Side.

Skokie Police say they received a report about six African-American men who were trying to open car doors in the 5300 block of Harvard Terrace. Police also got a 911 call from that same block about a burglary. During that burglary, a 2005 White Nissan Pathfinder SUV, IL license plate H595187 was stolen. Nobody inside the home was hurt.

A Skokie police officer spotted the Pathfinder around Oakton Street and Park Avenue. The Pathfinder was being followed by a red minivan, which was also stolen from Chicago. The minivan plowed into the Skokie Police officer's squad car. The officer suffered minor injuries. Three African-American men took-off from the minivan. Officers later captured two of them.

The third suspect then burglarized a house in the 8100 block of Lockwood Avenue, and stole a Volkswagen Touareg. Nobody inside the residence was injured. Skokie Police officers were able to track the Volkswagen. An Illinois State Police trooper found and chased the vehicle to a gas station at 59th and Halsted in Chicago. The trooper and Chicago Police officers took the driver into custody. The vehicle was recovered.

The investigation is on-going. Charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.

The Skokie Police Department still needs help finding the stolen 2005 White Nissan Pathfinder SUV, IL license plate H595187. It is also trying to identify two additional subjects who were seen attempting to open car doors in the 5300 block of Harvard Terrace. They are described as African-American males, possibly juveniles.

If you have any information, please contact the Skokie Police Department at (847) 982-5900.