A Sunday (July 21, 2019) traffic stop in Elgin resulted in charges of aggravated fleeing and weapons charges against a driver and a convicted felon, according to a news release from the Kane County Sheriff’s Office.
A sheriff’s deputy was on patrol in the area of McClean Boulevard and Wing Street in Elgin when he attempted to stop a vehicle for driving without headlights shortly after sunset, at around 8:40 p.m.
The vehicle, a Chevrolet Equinox, attempted to flee from the deputy, reaching speeds more than 50 mph on a residential street, officials said. The deputy terminated the pursuit, but observed the vehicle come to a stop shortly thereafter.
Sheriff’s deputies, with assistance from Elgin police officers, were able to detain four men at the scene.
The driver, Dequan J.M. Bailey, 22, of Streamwood, was arrested and charged with the Class 4 felony of Aggravated Fleeing for traveling in excess of 21 mph over the limit.
Deputies conducted a search of the vehicle at the scene and located a loaded Glock handgun with an extended capacity magazine in the area where front seat passenger, Kevin J. Hamilton, 21, of Streamwood, was seated.
Hamilton was found to be a convicted felon. He was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon, a Class 3 felony, and two counts of Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon, a Class 4 felony.
Bailey was released on a recognizance bond. Hamilton was assessed a bond of $60,000.
Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain said he is proud of his deputy’s actions for removing illegal firearms from the streets.
“We are creating a community where there is no need to commit crime or become involved with drugs because we have opportunities and support to lead a productive life, even for those with felonies on their record,” Hain said. “If you choose to come to Kane to commit crime, expect to be met with zero tolerance by our law enforcement officers.”
The charges against Bailey and Hamilton are not proof of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
SOURCE: Kane County Sheriff’s Office news release