Casualty of Capitalism

Exiled into Wilmington, Delaware by virtue of corporate layoffs. (Note: Unless otherwise stated, all photos on this blog are Copyright 2005, Michael Collins, and cannot be used without permission.)

Location: Wilmington, Delaware, United States

Graduate of University of Maryland School of Law; University of Maryland, College Park (Economics/Political Science).

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Life Imitates the Blues Brothers

Cop car crashes into City Hall

By Dan Mihalopoulos
Tribune staff reporter
Published December 14, 2004, 2:22 PM CST

A civilian employee of the Chicago Police Department and another person were hurt this morning when a police car they were riding in went out of control and slammed into the side of City Hall in the Loop.

The incident happened about 11:30 a.m. on the LaSalle Street side of City Hall, when a marked police car with a man and woman inside ran up on the sidewalk, hit two light posts and struck an entrance to the building. No pedestrians were hit.

Bicycle messenger Jeremy Dutcher said the vehicle had been parked near City Hall, on LaSalle near Washington Street, when it suddenly careened away and smashed into a stone entrance to the building.

"He was at a dead stop and then just out of control, tires spinning and then slamming into the wall," said Dutcher, 22. "There was a bunch of people out, but he didn't hit anyone."

The occupants of the car were in civilian clothes, witnesses said.

A group of Illinois Nazis reported a different story. They believe the civilians were male, clothed identically in black hats, black suits and ties with white shirts, and dark sunglasses. One was tall and skinny, the other short and stocky. Each had words tattooed on his knuckles. One held a harmonica, the other a microphone...


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