Police looking into WLS car crash

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A vehicle crashed into a WLS-TV Chicago’s street front studio, jarring the building and startling a weekend anchor as he delivered the 10 p.m. news. There were no injuries, but Gerald Richardson, 25, was jailed on charges of causing property damage and reckless driving with his Mazda MPV minivan.


A loud noise was heard inside the studio and on the air, startling weekend anchor Ravi Baichwal. Police spokesman Officer David Banks said it was not immediately clear why the driver of a Mazda MPV with Indiana license plates plowed into the studio’s reinforced glass wall.

WLS ABC 7 President and GM Emily Barr told The AP the incident might have been deliberate, but she couldn’t be sure.


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