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Cops: Gun falls from teen’s waistband during traffic stop

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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.

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