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Drag Race Video: 6 Chicago Police Department vehicles damaged in Pilsen, dangerous drift filmed in West Loop


CHICAGO (WLS) — Mobile phone video showed the aftermath of an accident which police say killed a woman in the southwest of the city.

It happened just after 1:30 a.m. Sunday. A 27-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman were speeding down Cicero Avenue near 64th Street, police said. It was then that the man changed lanes, hitting the woman’s car and Shawman Meireis, 40, who was standing on the sidewalk.

The victim died in hospital. Police say the man behind the wheel received two citations.

A few hours later, a chaotic confrontation was filmed at South Canal Street and West Cermak Road in the Pilsen district. Police said they tried to respond to reports of more drifting and drag racing. Instead, they left with six squad vehicles crushed by heavy objects.

The video shows people hitting a police SUV over and over again. Officers were then seen retreating. No officers were injured.

Previously, some people from that same group were involved in a street takeover in Madison and Morgan in the West Loop, police said. The video showed a vehicle drifting dangerously at this intersection.

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“I heard it in my apartment just down the block, around 2 a.m.,” West Loop resident Molly Rippert said. “We’re the part of town that’s pretty sleepy at night. So for this kind of commotion to happen at 2 a.m., we knew something was up.”

It’s been a busy weekend so far for Chicago police responding to similar calls.

Another video was taken near East 25th Street near South King Drive on the Near South Side early Saturday morning. Two men were arrested and a car impounded.

Neighbors said they hoped something would be done to change the nighttime nuisance.

“When the cops tried to break it up, it moved to where I live, which is close to Racine and Washington,” said West Loop resident Abigail Shreve. “I hope the leaders step in and hold people accountable.”

Police said at least three people were arrested and face charges for the dangerous street stunts over the weekend on 25th Street and King Drive, and Wacker and Columbus routes.

Last month, city council members passed an ordinance that allows the city to seize vehicles that drift and race, even if the cops aren’t around.

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