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Two Chicago men were charged with felonies today after their car, being chased by police, crashed into the Freshii restaurant in downtown Evanston Friday night.

Evanston police say the car’s driver, Cortez Heard, 18, of 3134 W. Fulton, faces two counts of felony fleeing and eluding police as well as driving under the influence and numerous traffic citations.

His front-seat passenger, Deqwan Kidd, 22, of 7719 N. Paulina, was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and failure to have a valid firearms owner identification card, in connection with a handgun police say they found in the car after the crash.

The incident began about 6:30 p.m. when police tried to pull over the men’s car for a minor traffic violation near the intersection of Ridge Avenue and Church Street.

The car sped away and eventually collided with an SUV at the intersection of Davis Street and Sherman Avenue before coming to rest inside the front window of the restaurant.

Both Heard and Kidd were taken to Evanston Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

A 25-year-old woman in their car was not hurt, and neither was the 51-year-old Evanston woman driving the SUV they collided with.

The restaurant was closed at the time of the accident because of the New Year’s holiday.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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