An Illinois man was taken into custody on Dec. 9 after he allegedly fled from a traffic stop before crashing his vehicle. The man, age 27, was ultimately charged with drug and weapons offenses in addition to several moving violations.
Authorities said that at about 5:45 p.m., a 2007 Saturn Ion that was associated with past drug sales was spotted on Wilder Street. While a police car was following the vehicle, investigators reportedly saw the vehicle cross the center line. A traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle near the intersection of North Elmwood Drive and West Indian Trail. When the driver was ordered to turn the vehicle off, however, he allegedly sped away from the scene. Authorities chased the vehicle until the car crashed into a tree in the 800 block of Upper Brandon Drive.
When investigators pulled the man and two passengers from the crashed vehicle, heroin, crack cocaine and items associated with drug packaging were found near the vehicle. Further, a 9mm handgun was recovered in the 1300 block of Durham Drive. It was believed that the gun was tossed during the chase. The two passengers were not facing charges as a result of the incident.
Illinois takes drug-related accusations very seriously. As a result, those who are convicted on drug charges following a traffic stop could face serious penalties, including a prison sentence, probation, serious fines and the requirement to undergo drug education or drug rehabilitation. Depending on the evidence against the accused person, a criminal defense attorney could challenge the charges especially if it appears that the authorities did not follow proper procedures or did not have probable cause to stop the vehicle in the first place.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times, “Parolee facing new weapons, drug charges after crash in Aurora“, 12/12/2017