CHICAGO — A suburban man has been charged after a Near West Side police chase ended in a crash and wounded four people, including two children, Saturday night.
Kristian Hoodenbach, 23, of west suburban Addison, was charged with aggravated fleeing and possession of a replica firearm (pellet gun). He was also issued three traffic citations: two for running red lights and one for using an alley as a through street.
Officers pulled over Hoodenbach about 11:25 p.m. Saturday after he drove through an alley in the 1200 block of South Homan Avenue, police said.
When officers went to talk to Hoodenbach, they spotted what they thought was a gun inside his car, authorities said. Hoodenbach quickly sped off, and the officers followed.
The chase ended in the 2400 block of West Roosevelt Road when Hoodenbach's car slammed into another vehicle, police said. Two adults and two children, whose ages and genders were unavailable, were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in good condition. A bus shelter at the scene was also damaged.
Police arrested Hoodenbach, who has a prior felony gun conviction for unlawful use of a weapon, on the scene.
Hoodenbach is slated to appear in bond court Sunday.