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.READ MORE: Chicago Has 'Formally Passed The Omicron Peak' As New COVID-19 Infections Decline, Hospitalizations Level Off, Top Doc Says; Cautious Optimism With Similar Trend Reported Statewide
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.READ MORE: No Changes To Chicago Travel Advisory; Every State Remains On The List For 3rd Week In A Row
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.MORE NEWS: 15-Year-Old Killed, Five Other Juveniles Wounded In Trio Of Shootings In Chicago On Tuesday
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