Man arrested after setting vehicle on fire; nearly driving into security guard, in the LoopSun-Times Wireon August 18, 2021 at 10:31 am

A man was taken into custody after he nearly drove into a security guard, then set a vehicle on fire Tuesday in the Loop.

About 10:55 p.m., the man, believed to be about 20-years-old, was trying to exit a parking garage in the 100 block of North State Street, in a black Cadillac SUV, and told the onsite security officer that he did not have any money to pay for the parking ticket, Chicago police said.

The officer stepped in front of the vehicle in order to manually life the gate, and the man sped through with his vehicle, nearing hitting the officer, police said. The officer sustained minor injuries and refused treatment.

The man then drove the SUV to State Street, where he set the SUV on fire, and fled on foot, police said. He was found by police on the CTA Red Line platform and taken into custody, police said. The man was taken to a hospital for an evaluation.

Charges are pending.

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