Felon arrested after crashing car twice, randomly firing gun in Lake in the Hills, police say

Travious O. Brown-Utley, 23, of Streamwood.

A 23-year-old man who is a convicted criminal was arrested Saturday after crashing his car twice and then accidentally firing a gun in Lake in the Hills, police said.

O. Brown-Utley, 23, of the 500 block of Lacy Avenue in Streamwood, has been charged with the crime of possession of a gun, aggravated use of a gun, reckless discharge of a gun, possession of a gun without a valid FOID, and illegal possession of ammunition without a valid FOID.

A criminal complaint filed in McHenry County court alleged that Brown-Utley owned a loaded 9mm pistol near Viewpoint Drive and Mesa Drive in Lake in the Hills on Saturday.

Brown-Utley allegedly ruthlessly dismissed the gun, putting the public at risk, the complaint said.

Officers also found Brown-Utley in possession of thirteen 9mm shells for the weapon.

Lake in the Hills Police Department spokeswoman Ashley Eccles said officers received 911 calls at around 3:43 a.m. Saturday for shots fired in the 900 block of Mesa Drive.

The officers arrived minutes later and found a vehicle that matched the description given by the 911 callers.

The officers pulled the vehicle and took Brown-Utley into custody without incident.

They found the man had been involved in two accidents that resulted in damage to property, particularly trees and bushes.

Nobody was in the vehicle when the shot was fired and the vehicle wasn’t moving when it occurred, Eccles said, adding that the shot wasn’t aimed at anyone or anything in particular.

It’s unclear why Brown-Utley fired the shot. He was taken to McHenry County Jail, where he still has a $ 75,000 bond.

In addition to his charges, he was also issued several traffic citations for the crash.

A judge will set a tentative date for the hearing and hold a hearing on the bond on Wednesday, court records show.

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