2 charged after car hits Evanston restaurant during police chase

EVANSTON (Sun-Times Media Wire) - Charges have been filed against the driver and passenger of a car that crashed into an Evanston restaurant during a police chase Friday evening in the northern suburb.

The car took off when an officer tried to pull it over for a traffic violation about 6:30 p.m. near Church Street and Ridge Avenue, according to Evanston police.

It hit another car at the intersection of Davis Street and Sherman Avenue and careened into the front window of the Freshii restaurant at 1569 Sherman Ave., police said. It was closed for the holiday at the time of the crash, Evanston fire officials said.

The building’s front window was smashed but it didn’t sustain any structural damage.

The driver of the fleeing vehicle, 18-year-old Cortez Heard, and 22-year-old Deqwan Kidd, who was in the front passenger seat, were taken to Evanston Hospital with minor injuries, police said. A 25-year-old woman in the back seat declined medical attention, as did the 51-year-old woman who was driving the other vehicle in the crash at the intersection, police said.

Officers found a handgun and a small amount of cannabis in the car that crashed into the restaurant, police said.

Heard, who lives in the 3100 block of West Fulton, was charged with DUI and two counts of felony fleeing and eluding, police said. He was also issued multiple traffic citations.

Kidd, who lives in the 7700 block of North Paulina, was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and not having a valid FOID card.

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