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2 in custody after hit and run with stolen car

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Two people were taken into custody Sunday after a hit and run with a stolen vehicle.

Evergreen Park police were conducting a traffic stop near the 2200 block of West 95th Street at 11:18 a.m. when the stolen vehicle passed at high speed, Chicago police officials said. When Evergreen Park police followed and attempted to pull the vehicle over, it crashed at 95th Street and Oakley Avenue, striking the driver’s side of a northbound vehicle.

After the crash, the two people exited the stolen car and attempted to escape.

A 28-year-old man was detained by CPD officers while the other man, 21, tried to flee through a backyard in the 9600 block of South Claremont Avenue, Chicago and Evergreen Park police said. That person was stopped by a fence at the back of the yard, where Evergreen Park officers caught him.

An Evergreen Park officer grabbed the man as he was climbing the fence and the officer accidentally discharged his pistol while making the arrest, authorities said. A single shot was fired into the ground and no one was hit.

Charges against both men are pending, according to Evergreen Park police.

A 60-year-old woman who was riding in the car struck by the stolen vehicle was taken to Little Company of Mary hospital for back pain in good condition, Chicago police said.

A neighbor in the 9600 block of South Claremont Avenue said the incident wasn’t surprising given the city’s high crime rates.

“We do live in Chicago,” he said. “It’s not shocking, that’s for sure. It seems like crime is everywhere.”