One Arrested Following a Pursuit in Downtown Dubuque
Lieutenant Ted McClimon, (563) 589-4473
Assistant Chief Jeremy Jensen, (563)589-4444
September 16, 2020 -- For Immediate Release
DUBUQUE, Iowa – On September 15, 2020, at approximately 3:18 p.m. Officers from the Dubuque Police Department conducted a traffic stop at 16th Street/Central Avenue on a white 2016 Kia Optima and identified the driver as Christopher Evans, 32 years old, of Dubuque.
A Dubuque Police K-9 conducted a free air narcotics sniff of the vehicle and alerted to the odor of narcotics coming from the vehicle. When Evans was directed to exit the vehicle, he started the vehicle, backed up rapidly, and struck a Dubuque Police Department squad car. Evans fled the traffic stop at a high rate of speed and led officers on a pursuit through the downtown and north end of Dubuque.
At 20th Street/Jackson Street Evans collided with a beige 1998 Chevrolet Malibu being operated by Lori Johnson, 51 years old, of Dubuque, and a white 2020 GMC Sierra being operated by Donald Jacquinot, 64 years old, of Platteville, WI. Johnson along with three passengers in her vehicle identified as Kaci Lumpkins, 30 years old, of Dubuque, and two children were transported by ambulance to UnityPoint Finley Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Evans fled the scene on foot.
When Evans ran from the vehicle, he discarded a white bag that contained a loaded 9 mm Glock handgun, $14,000 in United States currency, and a small amount of marijuana. The handgun was later determined to be stolen.
A search of the 2016 Kia pursuant to a search warrant yielded additional marijuana.
Evans was eventually located at 244 East 17th Street and arrested. Evans had an additional $2,840 in United States currency on his person when arrested.
Evans is charged with Eluding a class “D” felony punishable by five years in prison, Interference with Official Acts While In Possession of a Firearm a class “D” felony punishable by five years in prison, Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana a class “D” felony punishable by five years in prison, Possession of a Firearm as Felon a class “D” felony punishable by five years in prison, Carrying Weapons an aggravated misdemeanor punishable by two years in prison and Possession of Stolen property-Theft 4th a serious misdemeanor punishable by one-year imprisonment.
Evans is being held in the Dubuque County jail.
As with any criminal case, the charges filed are allegations and all suspects are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. If you have any information on this incident or others, please call the Dubuque Police Department at 563-589-4415 or Crime Stoppers at 800-747-0117 or 563-588-0714 (if the information leads to an arrest, the caller is eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000). You can also submit tips anonymously online at www.cityofdubuque.org/police or through the MyDBQ smartphone app available at www.cityofdubuque.org/MyDBQ.
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