Evanston police say they recovered a loaded Glock .40 caliber handgun in a traffic stop late Friday.
Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says says detectives from the Tactical Unit saw a sport utility vehicle in the 600 block of Howard Street about 10:55 p.m. with the rear registration light out and noticed that one of the passengers wasn’t wearing a seat belt.
When they stopped the vehicle in the 7400 block of Seeley Avenue in Chicago, Dugan says, they saw the rear seat passenger, a 16-year-old Chicago youth, throw a handgun into the open rear trunk area of the vehicle. He then tried to flee on foot but was apprehended.
Police recovered the gun, charged the youth with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and transported him to the juvenile detention center.
The driver of the car, a 34-year-old Evanston man, was given a traffic citation for the burnt out registration light. The front seat passenger, a 37-year-old Chicago man, was released without charges.