A man was arrested after he led officers on a chase in Joliet, police said.
Officers located a loaded firearm in the roadway near the area where they first began their pursuit of Marlon Johnson Jr., 26, of Joliet, according to a Joliet police news release.
“Officers learned that the recovered firearm had been reported stolen,” police said. “The involvement of the firearm in relation to this incident remains under investigation.”
Johnson has not been charged with possession of the firearm. He faces a felony charge of aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude police officers, court records show.
He has also been charged with disregarding a stop stop, disregarding a traffic control device and disobeying a flashing red light.
Johnson pleaded not guilty to the charges on Tuesday.
About 12:12 a.m. Thursday, officers were on patrol and attempted to perform a traffic stop on a vehicle near Herkimer and Cass streets after observing that vehicle commit a traffic violation, police said.
“The driver failed to stop and fled from the officers at a high rate of speed,” police said.
After a short pursuit, the vehicle stopped in the 200 block of South Eastern Avenue, police said. Officers identified Johnson as the driver and he was taken into custody, police said.
After Johnson’s arrest, he was taken to the Will County jail. He was released at 12:20 a.m. on Friday after he posted 10% of his $5,000 bond, according to jail records.
As a condition of Johnson’s bond, he was ordered to have no contact with two people.