Gun recovered, charges filed after Gold Coast car crash, prosecutors say

The occupants of a car that sped from police and crashed in the Gold Coast on Wednesday evening are now facing felony charges. Police tried to pull the car over for a traffic violation, but the driver sped away, headed down a dead-end street, then turned the car around and drove directly at the CPD unit, Assistant State’s Attorney Darryl Auguste said.

When the car slammed into a light pole on the 1500 block of North State, both occupants got out and ran, according to Auguste and a police report. Cops caught the driver, Gregory Williams, quickly, Auguste said. But his passenger, Trevontae Alexander, hopped over a fence while carrying a fanny pack across his chest, the prosecutor said.

Unfortunately for Alexander, he couldn’t figure out how to get out of the yard, and the police arrested him there. Police found a loaded handgun and two loaded ammunition magazines in the fanny pack, Auguste said.

The wrecked car sits on State Street. | Provided

Williams is charged with aggravated fleeing, leaving the scene, and driving without insurance and is also being held on a warrant for attempted forgery out of DuPage County. According to court records, he’s 25, lives in Midlothian, and has previous convictions for home invasion and fleeing – eluding.

Alexander is charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon. He is 26, has a six-year-old son, and has adult felony convictions for possession of a controlled substance and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. He was also convicted of burglary as a juvenile, prosecutors said.

Judge David Navarro set bail for each man at $50,000. They will need to post $5,000 individually to get out of jail.

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