A Gangster Disciples gang member, who was allegedly armed with a loaded gun, was arrested after he led police on a vehicle pursuit and foot chase in North Chicago, prosecutors said.
Enrique Quiroz, 20, of Highwood, was charged with possession of a firearm by a street gang member, three counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, two counts of resisting a peace officer and attempting to elude an officer.
North Chicago police officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop near 14th Street and Sheridan Road on Wednesday, according to Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Lillian Lewis.
The car had used an improper turn signal and the officer could smell cannabis from the subject’s vehicle while they were still in their patrol car.
The car did not stop and officers engaged in a pursuit of the vehicle.
Quiroz, who was the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, drove for several blocks before slowing down and jumping out of the driver’s seat, Lewis said.
Officers chased the man as he held onto the waistband of his shorts in an effort to keep an “item” from falling from his shorts, which they believed to be a gun.
Lewis said that Quiroz ran into a table in the 1200 block of Wadsworth Avenue and collided with a person eating dinner at the table.
Quiroz fell and then got up and kept running. Officers eventually located him and arrested him.
Officers located a loaded .40 caliber handgun in the area where Quiroz ran through.
Quiroz admitted that he had a gun and dropped it from his pants while running, Lewis said.
Lewis said that the man is a known member of the Gangster Disciples street gang.
In addition to his criminal charges, Quiroz was cited for operating an uninsured motor vehicle, driving without a license and two counts of improper turn signal.
Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak ordered the man held on a $350,000 bond, meaning he would need to post $35,000 cash in order to be released.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for August 23.