Two teens arrested after attempting to flee police — one faces weapon, drug charges

Online Staff Report

At approximately 3:10 a.m., Monday, Jan. 13, Rockford police responded to a public complaint at 2600 Bildahl St.

A 27-year-old male was walking down the street when a black Oldsmobile occupied by four males pulled alongside him. The passenger made some comments to the pedestrian inquiring if he was a gang member. The pedestrian stated the front-seat passenger displayed a handgun, and then the vehicle drove away.

Approximately 15 minutes later, an officer observed a black Oldsmobile Alero at Ninth Street and 23rd Avenue. When the officer attempted to stop the vehicle, it accelerated rapidly, and after a short distance, lost control and got stuck in a snowbank at 10th Street and Sawyer Road.

The driver and front-seat passenger fled the vehicle on foot, while the two rear-seat passengers remained in the vehicle.

The front-seat passenger was pursued and captured in the 3300 block of 11th Street. This subject was a 17-year-old male, and he possessed a loaded .357-caliber handgun and 2.6 grams of cannabis.

The driver of the vehicle was also captured in the rear yards of 3200 10th St. The driver was identified as a 17-year-old male.

The driver was charged with no driver’s license, fleeing to elude a police officer, negligent driving and resisting/obstructing a police officer.

The front-seat passenger was charged with aggravated unlawful use of weapon, violation of the Firearm Owner’s Identification Card Act, violation of the Cannabis Control Act (possession more than 2.5 grams) and resisting/obstructing a police officer.

The two rear-seat passengers were released without charges.

Posted Jan. 13, 2014

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