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A Forest Park police car responding to a robbery call lost control at 10:10 p.m. Thursday night and hit a telephone pole behind U.S.A. Beverage, 7200 Madison St. The wooden utility pole was snapped in half, but no one was injured, according to police.

Two police officers in one squad car were responding to a robbery call at the 7-Eleven at 205 N. Harlem Ave., traveling northbound on Harlem, said Deputy Chief Tom Aftanas.

Approaching the intersection of Harlem and Madison, the squad, with lights and sirens activated, pulled into the southbound lanes to go around congested traffic, Aftanas said.

Another vehicle in front of the police car suddenly crossed the yellow line into the southbound lanes approaching the left turn lane, Aftanas said.

“The officer braked, and lost control of the car, crossed Harlem and hit the post,” he said.

A suspect in the 7-Eleven incident was apprehended and in custody, but Aftanas said he did not have further information about that incident.

Jean Lotus

Jean Lotus loves community journalism. She covers news, features, two school boards, village council, crime, park district and writes obits for Forest Park Review. She also covers the police beat for...