A man was arrested after he fled the scene of a crash on Interstate 94 near Gurnee and two Lake County Sheriff’s Office canines helped officers recover a gun that he allegedly ditched, officials said.
The Illinois State Police said they were called around 12:30 p.m. on Friday to eastbound Interstate 94 at mile marker 8.75 in Gurnee.
District 15 troopers responded to a report of a two-vehicle crash.
Two occupants from one of the vehicles fled the scene on foot, state police said.
The Gurnee Police Department and Lake County Sheriff’s Office were called to assist in the search.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office said their canines Boomer and Duke were sent to the scene.
A witness told police that one of the subjects who fled was armed with a firearm.
Officers located both subjects in the 5700 block of Northridge Drive in Gurnee and arrested them, Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli said.
Canine Boomer began an evidence search for over an hour looking for the firearm.
Canine Duke was called to assist in the search due to the search area being very large, the sheriff’s office said.
Duke successfully recovered a firearm in a yard during the search.
“The neighborhood was very grateful for the time and diligence the K9s put in locating the evidence to keep their neighborhood safe! Good boys Boomer and Duke!” the sheriff’s office said.
Illinois State Police said one of the two subjects who fled the scene was charged.
Court records show Kenny L. Brown, 28, of Galesburg, was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful possession of a weapon, leaving the scene of an accident, driving on a suspended license, improper traffic lane usage and illegal transportation of liquor by a driver.
Brown is being held in the Lake County Jail on a $150,000 bond. He would need to post $15,000 cash in order to be released.
A court hearing is scheduled next in the case for June 15.