2 Men, Teen Boy Charged After Crashing Stolen Car In Evanston

CHICAGO (CBS) — Three people are facing charges after a parolee crashed a stolen car while trying to drive away from a traffic stop early Sunday in north suburban Evanston, according to police.

An officer driving north at 2:46 a.m. in the 1200 block of Ridge Avenue saw a 2010 BMW driving south with a flat rear passenger-side tire, according to a statement from Evanston police. As the officer turned around, the BMW turned west onto Greenleaf Street and south onto Asbury Avenue.

dejuan c banks jr and najolie j evans 2 Men, Teen Boy Charged After Crashing Stolen Car In Evanston

Dejuan C. Banks Jr. (left) and Najolie J. Evans (right). | Source: Evanston Police

The officer activated his vehicle’s emergency lights and tried to pull the BMW over, police said. A check of the license plate revealed that the BMW had been reported stolen in Chicago. It slowed as if it was going to stop, but then attempted a westbound turn onto Mulford Street.

During the turn, the driver lost control because of the flat tire and the BMW crashed into a parked vehicle in the 1300 block of Mulford, police said. The driver got out and ran away while 21-year-old Dejuan C. Banks Jr. and a 15-year-old boy who remained in the car were taken into custody.

Police K-9 units eventually located the driver, 22-year-old Najolie J. Evans, in the 400 block of Wesley Avenue, police said. Officers searching the vehicle also found a Glock .40-caliber handgun with an extended 30-round magazine on the floor on the driver’s side.

Evans, who lives in the South Side Oakland neighborhood, was charged with one felony count each of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, unlawful use of a weapon by an armed habitual criminal and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, police said. He was also charged with a misdemeanor count of possession of ammunition without a FOID card and the Illinois Department of Corrections issued a parole violation warrant for him.

Evans was released on parole on March 24 after being convicted in 2012 for aggravated vehicular hijacking with a firearm, armed robbery with a firearm and unlawful restraint, according to IDOC records.

Banks, who lives in the South Side Bronzeville neighborhood, and the 15-year-old were each charged with a misdemeanor count of criminal trespass to a vehicle, police said.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2017. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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