On June 18, at approximately 2:46 a.m., a police officer who was driving northbound in the 1200 block of Ridge Avenue observed a 2010 BMW driving southbound with a flat rear tire, said Commander Joseph Dugan of the Evanston Police Department. As the officer turned around, the vehicle turned westbound on Greenleaf Street and turned again southbound on Asbury Avenue. The officer activated his emergency lights and attempted to stop the vehicle in the 600 block of Asbury Avenue. A check of the vehicle’s license plate revealed it was reported stolen out of Chicago.
The vehicle slowed as if it was going to stop, but attempted to make a westbound turn onto Mulford Street, said the Commander. The driver lost control of the vehicle due to the rear wheel riding on the rim and struck a parked vehicle in the 1300 block of Mulford Street. The driver of the vehicle fled on foot. Two remaining occupants, one a 15-year old male, and the other a 21-year old Chicagoan, stayed with the vehicle and were taken into custody.
An Evanston Police K-9 unit responded to the scene, and the driver of the vehicle, a 22-year old Chicago man, was taken into custody in the 400 block of Wesley Avenue. While searching the vehicle, officers recovered a loaded Glock 40 caliber handgun with an extended 30 round magazine from the driver’s side floorboard, said the Commander.
After a subsequent investigation, the driver of the vehicle was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle and unlawful use of a weapon. The other two occupants were charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass to vehicle.