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Prosecutors: Driver cut off trooper, fought when caught

An admitted gang member who allegedly cut off an Illinois State Police squad car on the Kennedy Expressway sped away after being pulled over, then crashed into a taxicab in River North and fought a state trooper over his arrest, prosecutors said Saturday.

Prosecutors said the chase began at about 9:45 p.m. Wednesday, when a state trooper tried to pull over Tyrell R. Bishop’s Jeep near the Ohio Street ramp after spotting it drifting in and out of lanes, and the Jeep cut off the trooper.

Bishop, 31, of the 8100 block of South Eberhart, pulled over but then sped away when trooper got out of his vehicle and was standing behind his Jeep, according to prosecutors.

The trooper followed the Jeep, which ran a red light and disappeared from sight until crashing into a taxicab near Franklin and Grand streets. Two passengers in the vehicle were injured and hospitalized.

The trooper found Bishop on a nearby sidewalk, prosecutors said.

They said Bishop pushed the trooper, who scuffled with him before arresting him and suffered a broien pinky during the fight.

Bishop was ticketed for having an expired driver’s license, improper use of a lane and disobeying a traffic signal. He was also charged with aggravated fleeing, resisting arrest and leaving the scene of a crash. Cook County Judge James Brown ordered Bishop held Saturday on $150,000 bail.