Evanston police say a traffic stop late Sunday afternoon led to the arrest of a 17-year-old Evanston youth on weapons charges.

Police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says about 5:36 p.m. Sunday tactical officers saw a car with five occupants speeding eastbound on Church Street from Dodge Avenue.

When the officers stopped the car in the 1700 block of Ashland Avenue, Dugan says, officers noticed an odor of burned cannabis coming from it.

Police asked the occupants to get out of the car, and as they did so, Dugan says, a loaded Smith and Wesson 9mm handgun fell from the waistband of one of the youths who’d been riding in the back seat.

A check of the gun revealed it had been reported stolen in Chicago.

Dugan says the youth who’d been carrying the gun is facing felony charges of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a stolen firearm as well as a misdemeanor violation of not having a firearm owner’s identification card.

The 21-year-old driver of the car was given traffic citations for reckless driving, failure to signal and screeching tires. The 21-year-old front seat passenger was released without charges. The two other back seat passengers, one 16 and the other 17, were given traffic citations for failure to wear a seat belt.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Was this a profiling stop or

    Was this a profiling stop or just more great work from EPD trying to keep the City safe?

    1. profiling?
      What in the article would cause anyone to think that profiling had anything to do with the traffic stop?

    2. Profiling?

      I didn’t see the race of the suspects mentioned anywhere in the article so what information do we have to bring up profiling?  Are you assuming the suspect is black?

    3. traffic stop

      I’m not sure if you meant sarcasm…but the police have the right to stop anyone who is speeding.  that’s what they’re supposed to do.   And good for them for finding a 17 year old with a loaded gun.  Obviously, he had plans to use it…he wasn’t carrying it around, loaded, for the fun of it!

  2. A long prison sentence is in order

    This 17 year old should be sentenced to serious prison time.

    Judges need to come down hard on ANYONE found with an illegal fiream, especially if it is stolen and loaded. It would send a clear and stern message to gangbangers and such that thery would be send down river for a long time if they were found in possession of an ilelgal firearm.

    But unfortunatley it seems our judges are too lenient, The rest of us pay the price.

    1. Judges keep the gangs building.

      Ten years for illegal firearm,and life in prison for murder…

  3. Great work EPD, again

    I’ve commented in the past about random police stops resulting in guns being recovered.

    Here the situation is a speeding car is stopped and a LOADED pistol is recovered from a 17 year old Evanston resident. The article doesn’t cite gender or race, nor does either matter.

    What matters is that we live in a society where a 17 year old youth thinks it’s OK to be carrying a LOADED pistol.

    Does anyone else think this is a problem?

    Will we wait until another teen is murdered before we address this problem?

    Does anyone else think that EPD has a very difficult job to do?

    Thank you EPD for keeping Evanston safe.


  4. I did not hear or see the

    I did not hear or see the activity reported.  However, I have lived in the 1600 block of Church St. for 9+ years and the Evanston police very frequently make traffic stops within eyesight of windows of my home – frequently for speeding.   I always advise visitors to my home to always drive only 20 mph.  For the past month there has been one of the newly installed monitors which tells a driver of his/her speed in this block.  ( I have no idea who requested it, but we are very near the high school.)

  5. Where is Mr. Miller?

    Hmmm I keep reading articles like this one. Handguns recovered after traffic stops and pedestrian stops…isn’t this the same practice former mayoral candidate Miller consistently denounced and demonized the police for. The smell of marijuana on a stop led to a handgun arrest. Mr. Miller I would love to hear your comments (doubtful we will).  

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