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2 men charged with multiple weapons felonies in Skokie

Harvey Pitts (left) and Leroy Francis (right). | Skokie police

Two men have been charged with multiple weapons felonies and other misdemeanors after trying to speed away from a police stop Wednesday in north suburban Skokie.

When police tried to stop a stop a vehicle occupied by two men, it sped off and crashed, authorities said. The two men ran away but were quickly apprehended.

Harvey Pitts, 22, of the 1600 block of West Juneway Terrace in Chicago, was charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon and one count of aggravated fleeing and eluding, both felonies, according to a statement from Skokie police.

He was also charged with one count of obstructing/resisting a peace officer, one count of unlawful possession of cannabis and one count of driving with a revoked license, all misdemeanors, and other traffic violations, police said.

Leroy Francis, 21, of the 2000 block of West Arthur Avenue in Chicago, was charged with two felony counts of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, one misdemeanor count of obstructing/resisting a peace officer and one count of an Illinois Department of Corrections parole violation.

Two guns were found in the car, and Pitts was also in possession of cannabis, police said.

Pitts’ bond was set at $80,000, and Francis’ bond was set at $30,000, police said. Their next court date is April 26.