Crash injures man, 2 officers in Belmont Cragin

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A crash on the city's Northwest Side injured two police officers and critically injured another man, officials said.

The crash occurred when police attempted to pull over a black van near West Belmont and North Long just after 1 a.m. Sunday in the city's Belmont Cragin neighborhood. The van resisted and sped off, running a red light and hitting a police car head-on, police said.

The van's 35-year-old driver was hospitalized in critical condition; the two officers were transported to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

"He was drunk and he didn't have a license," said Cameron Stegenga, a passenger in the van who spoke exclusively with ABC7. "But the cops even told us that if he would have stopped and said, 'Look, I'm drunk, we're going right here,' they would have let us go and none of this would have happened."

Stegenga said he watched his friend fly through the windshield.

Police are continuing to investigate.

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