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Dear Reader:

A black Toyota Camry, its right turn signal flashing, was stopped in the right northbound lane of Lin-coln Avenue for a red light at McCormick. As the light turned green and the car started to turn, a Chicago police car came up from behind it and tried to make the same turn from the left lane, cutting the Toyota off.

The driver of the Toyota braked hard and veered further to the right but couldn't avoid hitting the police car on the passenger side. Not until after the collision did the police car turn on the blue flashing lights that are supposed to warn you to get out of the way.

The policewoman who was driv-ing got out of her car and indicated to the driver of the Toyota that he had interfered with a police chase. The next officer on the scene gave the man a ticket for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle.

When the man protested that the police car had neither its lights nor its siren on, the second officer replied, "Well, I have to give a ticket to somebody."

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