$200,000 bail for man who allegedly ran from River North crash scene with a gun in his hand

Chicago — A Cook County judge set bail at $200,000 for a driver who allegedly crashed into another car while speeding away from Chicago police in River North and then ran from the scene with a gun in his hand. The collision left four people in the other vehicle with minor injuries.

Cops saw Tyris Banks, 32, driving recklessly downtown while they were handling an unrelated traffic stop around 8 p.m. Sunday, officials said. They pursued him as he went through an alley, but ended the chase after he accelerated to a high speed on Dearborn, prosecutors said.

The cops saw him run three red lights after they terminated the pursuit, and he eventually crashed into another car at the intersection of Grand and Dearborn.

Tyris Banks (inset) and the crash scene at Dearborn and Grand. | Chicago Police Department; Frank Calabrese

Police said Banks continued driving west on Grand, then stopped and ran from the car with a gun in his hand. After the police caught him, the cops retraced their steps and allegedly found his loaded handgun ditched between two vehicles.

All four people in the car Banks allegedly struck were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital with minor injuries. Banks was also taken to Northwestern for back pain, police said.

Prosecutors charged him with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, aggravated fleeing causing bodily harm, and aggravated reckless driving causing bodily harm.

His defense attorney said he is a meatpacker who co-parents his 2-year-old child.

Judge Ortiz said that Banks must submit to electronic monitoring if he posts 10% of his bail amount to go home.

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