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Two charged in police chase that injured officers



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A south suburban man faces shooting-related charges and a woman who was allegedly driving him early Thursday has been issued traffic citations for running through 11 stop signs and two red lights during a police chase spurred by an Englewood shooting last week.

Two police officers were slightly injured when the suspects’ vehicle crashed with a squad car.

Gresham District officers had been patrolling in a squad car when they heard shots fired and saw a weapon being thrown from a vehicle about 2 a.m. Thursday in the 8700 block of South Loomis Street, according to police.

The officers attempted to curb the vehicle but the driver refused to stop, police News Affairs Officer Ronald Gaines said.

Police pursued the vehicle until both vehicles crashed in the 7300 block of South Morgan Street.

Nathaniel Jakes, 36, and Mae Pettis, 31, were arrested and a weapon was recovered, police said.

Jakes, of the 18200 block of South Idlewild Drive in Country Club Hills, has been charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm from a vehicle, armed violence/discharging a weapon, and aggravated fleeing/bodily injury. He is expected to appear for a bond hearing Saturday at Leighton Criminal Courthouse.

Pettis, of the 2100 block of West 77th Place, was cited with 11 counts of failure to stop at a stop sign, two counts of running a red light, driving on a suspended license, and driving without insurance. She is scheduled to appear in traffic court on April 30.

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