A 22-year-old man, who was found in possession of a gun, is facing a slew of charges after he allegedly drove onto a pedestrian and train bridge while trying to flee from police in Deerfield.
Jonathon G. Lopez, 22, of the 1300 block of Pitner in Evanston, was charged with two counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, criminal damage to property, two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while license suspended or revoked, fleeing to elude a peace officer, reckless driving, speeding and possession of cannabis.
A Deerfield police officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a 2011 Mazda around 4:30 a.m. on May 4 near Lake Cook Road and Deer Lake Road.
According to a police report, the Mazda fled from officers in the parking lot of Home Depot on Lake Cook Road.
The Mazda began driving towards the Lake Cook Road Metra Station and drove onto the pedestrian platform at the train station.
The vehicle proceeded northbound over the Lake Cook Road bridge, which is designed only for pedestrians and trains, the report said.
Officers located the vehicle near Kates Road and Kelburn Road and it continued to flee until it crashed in the 500 block of Kelburn Road.
Officers arrested Lopez and two female passengers in the vehicle. A gun was found on the driver’s side floorboard, the report said.
Paramedics evaluated the three occupants of the Mazda and all refused treatment.
Lopez, who told police that he was “drunk” and admitted to possessing the gun, was found with $750 cash and a digital measuring scale, the police report said.
Lopez was released from the Lake County Jail after posting 10% of his $25,000 bond.
He is scheduled to appear in court on June 10 for a preliminary hearing.