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A 24-year-old Evanston woman is facing weapons charges after police say they found a gun in her car during a traffic stop.

Cmdr. Ryan Glew says officers tried to stop a Black Dodge for illegally tinted windows in the 100 block of Chicago Avenue at 8:13 p.m. Monday, but the vehicle did not stop and fled from the scene.

But a short time later, Glew says, the car was located and stopped in the 800 block of Main Street.

Glew says officers made contact with the driver, China Irving, who lives in the 2000 block of Foster Street, who was the only person in the car.

He says they noticed an odor of cannabis coming from the the car, and a search of the car led to the recovery of a Springfield XD9 9 mm handgun along with about six grams of suspect cannabis.


The gun police say they found in Irving’s car. (EPD photo)

Irving, who denied possession of the gun, was arrested and transported to the station for further investigation. Irving did not have a FOID card or a concealed carry license. 

She’s been charged with felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, misdemeanor offenses for lacking the FOID card, a citation for possession of cannabis and three traffic citations for no insurance, illegally tinted windows and failure to signal.

She was not charged for the initial fleeing and eluding of police since she could not be identified as the driver when it occurred.

She was released on $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Skokie district court on July 12.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. more guns?

    Gee…I hope she doesn’t have more guns at her home, since she got released so quickly.   People who drive around with this type of ammo in their cars means they are intent to do no good somewhere.  VERY scary!

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