A North Chicago police officer and a police K-9 were injured after being hit by a suspect that sped off from a traffic stop.
According to North Chicago Police Deputy Chief Lazaro Perez, police officers were on a traffic stop with a dark blue Audi four-door car at around 9:00 p.m. Thursday night near 20th Street and Wright Ave.
Deputy Chief Perez said that when the officer approached the car the suspect was being cooperative and turned off the car.
However he became uncooperative when a police officer and his police K-9 dog arrived and began to circle the car to check if the dog detected any drugs.
The suspect then started the car and tried to flee the scene, hitting and knocking down a police officer who was standing on the side of the car along with the police dog.
The police officer sustained minor injuries including a couple of bruises and minor scrapes and was transported to the hospital by ambulance. Deputy Chief Perez said that the officer and police dog “are doing well and are going to be fine”.
Police also said that the suspect has been identified and they are working on getting a warrant for his arrest.