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Felon arrested after crashing car twice, randomly firing gun in Lake in the Hills, police say

Travious O. Brown-Utley, 23, of Streamwood.

A 23-year-old man, who is a convicted felon, was arrested on Saturday after he crashed his car twice and then randomly fired a gun in Lake in the Hills, police said.

Travious O. Brown-Utley, 23, of the 500 block of Lacy Avenue in Streamwood, was charged with felon in possession of a firearm, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, reckless discharge of a firearm, possession of a firearm without a valid FOID and illegal possession of ammunition without a valid FOID.

A criminal complaint filed in McHenry County court alleges Brown-Utley possessed a loaded 9mm handgun near Viewpoint Drive and Mesa Drive in Lake in the Hills on Saturday.

Brown-Utley allegedly discharged the firearm in a reckless manner, causing the public to be in danger, the complaint said.

Officers found Brown-Utley also in possession of thirteen 9mm shells for the gun.

Lake in the Hills Police Department Spokeswoman Ashley Eccles said officers received 911 calls for shots fired in the 900 block of Mesa Drive around 3:43 a.m. Saturday.

Officers arrived minutes later and located a vehicle matching the description provided by the 911 callers.

Officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and took Brown-Utley into custody without incident.

They determined that the man was involved in two accidents where property — specifically trees and shrubs — was damaged.

No one was in the vehicle when the shot was fired and the vehicle was not moving when it occurred, Eccles said, adding that the shot was not directed at anyone or anything in particular.

It is unclear why Brown-Utley fired the shot. He was transported to the McHenry County Jail where he remains held on a $75,000 bond.

In addition to his charges, he was also issued several traffic citations for the crash.

A judge will set a preliminary hearing date and conduct a bond hearing on Wednesday, court records show.