CHICAGO — An Andersonville man caught with pot in his car faces a series of charges after colliding with a police SUV in Rogers Park, injuring two officers Tuesday night, police said.
The officers were hurt when the two vehicles smashed into each other as David Kreutz tried to make a left turn from Morse Avenue onto Sheridan Road about 7:20 p.m., police said.
Witnesses at the scene said Kreutz had the green light and right of way when the police SUV entered the intersection traveling northbound on Sheridan Road.
An officer at the scene said both the SUV and Kreutz's 1998 Toyota Camry had green lights and "it was just an accident."
Witnesses also said the SUV's emergency lights were not flashing immediately following the accident.
Authorities said the officers were taken to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston with non-life threatening injuries.
After the accident, police smelled a "strong odor" of burning pot coming from the man's car, said officer John Mirabelli, a police spokesman. Cops found 50 grams of marijuana in the car, both contained in baggies and in joints, Mirabelli said.
Kreutz, 23, of the 1600 block of West Catalpa Avenue, was charged with manufacture or delivery of marijuana, a felony, Mirabelli said. He also faces two misdemeanor DUI charges, driving without insurance and failing to yield the right of way while making a left turn, Mirabelli said.