Police Blotter: Man arrested after traffic dispute with police

Robin Opsahl, City Editor

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A 22-year-old Evanston man was arrested Sunday night in connection with battery to a police officer, resisting arrest and traffic offenses.

Officers stopped a vehicle with a broken headlight in the 100 block of Custer Ave at about 10 p.m, said Evanston police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan. Officers explained to the man why they had stopped his vehicle and he became “irate,” Dugan said. After receiving a ticket, the man began punching the steering wheel and the visors of his car.

The man asked to see a the officer’s supervisor and while waiting, pushed open the door of his car and struck the officer with the door, Dugan said. When police arrested the man for battery he resisted arrest but was eventually taken into custody.

The man was charged with the traffic offense, battery to a police officer and resisting arrest. The man was also charged with criminal damage while in custody.

Man charged with criminal trespass, found in room with handgun

A 19-year-old Chicago man was arrested early Monday morning for criminal trespass on private residences.

Police entered a multi-unit apartment building at 1916 Foster St. at about 12:35 a.m. after residents called saying they heard noises from the unoccupied basement, Dugan said. Officers found the basement door locked, but after knocking, the 19-year-old man came to the door. A 15-year-old juvenile male was also in the apartment.

The older man told police that they were just trying to sleep in the basement. The two males were detained, Dugan said, and police found a handgun in the crease of a couch in one of the rooms they were in.

The adult man was charged with a misdemeanor and will appear in court on April 26. The juvenile was released to his parents but may have to follow up with gun charges after police test the firearm for fingerprints and DNA, Dugan said.

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