Blotter: Chicago man arrested in connection with fleeing, eluding police after traffic accident

Sophie Mann, Reporter

A Chicago man was arrested Friday night after a five-vehicle traffic accident in downtown Evanston.

Officers were near the intersection of Foster Street and Ashland Avenue when they noticed a vehicle fail to stop at a stop sign, Evanston police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan told The Daily in an email. When police tried to stop the vehicle, it ignored another stop sign at Simpson Street.

After they lost sight of the vehicle, officers observed a five-car accident at Church Street, Dugan said. The vehicle they had been pursuing was involved, and a man walking westbound in the 1200 block of Church Street was identified as the driver.

When officers apprehended the man, they smelled alcohol, Dugan said. Upon checking the vehicle, they found a female passenger and a 1-year-old. Dugan said officers called paramedics to check on the passengers.

Police found an open beer bottle and plastic cups that appeared to contain alcohol in the vehicle, Dugan said.

The driver was charged with several traffic citations, five misdemeanors and felony aggravated eluding and fleeing, Dugan said. The man also had an active warrant for his arrest for driving with a suspended license and currently has a parole violation warrant for his arrest.

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