08/13/2007

Chicago driver tries to run cop off road, steal his gun

The Chicago Sun-Times

CHICAGO, Ill. — Chicago Police arrested a man who, in an apparent act of road rage, tried to run an off-duty cop off the Kennedy Expy. and steal his gun when their cars stopped, police said Friday.

Part of the incident was captured on tape by a freelance videographer, who said the man took his car keys, tried to smash his camera and told him "I'll deal with you later."

It all started at about 1 a.m. Friday at Western Avenue and Logan Boulevard when an off-duty officer got into "a traffic altercation" with the other driver, said Illinois State Police Master Sergeant Joe Stengl.

"The offender followed the officer onto the Kennedy Expressway," he said.

According to Stengl and video photographer Raza Siddiqui, the other motorist twice rammed into the off-duty officer's car before both came to a stop near Hubbard's Cave.

"The offender was chasing the police officer, trying to get him to lose control," said Siddiqui, who was following the cars.

When everyone stopped, the man chasing the officer allegedly tried to steal his service revolver.

The man then tried to wrestle away Siddiqui's camera. He also took the keys out of Siddiqui's ignition and told him, " 'I'll deal with you later. You and the tape aren't going anywhere,' " Siddiqui said.

By then, Chicago Police arrived on the scene and arrested the man.

His identity and charges against him were not available Friday night.

Copyright 2007 Chicago Sun-Times

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