Driver of stolen car eludes capture


A police traffic stop on Howard Street led to the temporary shutdown of Yellow Line service Wednesday night after the driver of the car — which turned out to be stolen — fled from officers.

Evanston police say car had been stopped near the Target store in the 2200 block of Howard Street around 9:30 p.m. and the man fled northbound toward the Yellow Line tracks and James Park.

That led to an extensive search of the area — assisted by a Chicago police helicopter. But the search was called off after about an hour when officers were unable to locate the suspect.

Update 5:50 p.m. 8/25/16: Evanston police say a 19-year-old Chicago woman who was a passenger in the car fled from the vehicle but was located hiding in bushes nearby. She was taken into custody, but released after the car's owner declined to press charges.

Police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says the vehicle had been stolen in Robbins, Illinois, and that its owner reported there'd been a gun inside when it was taken, but police didn't find a gun in the car, nor did they see the the driver of the car carrying a gun as he fled.

Dugan says police are continuing their investigation and have significant information on the identity of the driver.

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