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Chicago man charged after Main Street chase

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The man police arrested after a chase down Main Street in Sunday’s snow storm has been charged with a number of offenses, police said Monday.

Arrested was Louis Buford, 32, of 8434 S. Hermitage Ave., Chicago, on charges of armed violence, unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, and armed habitual offender.

Buford appeared at bond court Monday and was given a $250,000 bond and ordered to appear in Skokie District Court on Jan. 7 at 9 a.m. on the charges.

Police are still attempting to identify the second subject who was the driver of the vehicle that fled after the car crash, according to EPD Cmdr. Jay Parrott.

Police were responding to an armed robbery call at about 4:45 p.m. Sunday when a suspect vehicle near Main Street and Ridge Avenue led police in a chase west on Main Street, ending in a collision with other vehicles near the Robert Crown Center in the 1700 block of Main.

Buford, a passenger in the vehicle, was apprehended, but the driver fled and is still being sought, police said.

Investigators termed the incident “the result of a drug deal gone awry,” as they recovered crack cocaine from Buford and more than $1,000 in currency.

The original victim who reported the crash would not cooperate with police, Parrott reported in a news release.

There were no injuries in the crash, he added.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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