On Jan. 2015 at approximately 4:22 p.m., an Evanston police officer observed that the driver and passenger were not wearing seatbelts in a vehicle travelling northbound on Dodge Avenue, said Commander Joseph Dugan of the Evanston Police Department. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle in the 800 block of Dodge, but the vehicle turned into a parking lot striking a parked vehicle in the lot. The driver of the vehicle did not have a valid driver’s license or proof of insurance for the vehicle, said the Commander.
A search of the vehicle revealed a loaded .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun that was stolen from Shelby County, Tennessee, said the Commander. The driver of the vehicle, a 21-year old Skokie resident, admitted to possessing the weapon, said the Commander, adding that he is currently on probation after having been convicted for Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon in July of 2014.
The driver was charged with one count of Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapon, among other charges.