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Parolee charged with gun possession after fleeing Old Town traffic stop

1300 block of North Sedgwick Street | Google Maps

A parolee is facing a gun charge after allegedly driving away from a traffic stop Sunday evening in the Old Town neighborhood on the Near North Side.

Gaston Tucker, 32, dropped a loaded handgun as he fled from a traffic stop at 7:05 p.m. in the 1300 block of North Sedgwick Street, according to Chicago police.

Tucker, who lives in the Northwest Side Hermosa neighborhood, was arrested about 11:15 p.m. in the 2000 block of North Kostner Avenue, police said. He was charged with a felony count of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.

Gaston Tucker
Gaston Tucker | Chicago police
Chicago police

Tucker has prior convictions for aggravated battery with a firearm and drug possession dating back to 2004, according to Illinois Department of Corrections records. He was sentenced in 2010 to 13 years for the battery charge and was released on parole on Dec. 10, 2018.

He was ordered held without bail on Monday, according to the Cook County sheriff’s office. His next court date was set for Feb. 25.