Two Joliet men who threw handguns and ammunition from a vehicle on Interstate 80 near Center Street were arrested Tuesday by Joliet police.
The incident began with officers doing surveillance on a Cadillac SUV and a Chevy SUV parked at the Budget Inn Express at Larkin Avenue and McDonough Street, Joliet Officer Ed Johnson said. The owner of both is a possible suspect in a Rockdale shooting that occurred in November, he said.
When the vehicles left simultaneously, police pursued them, stopping the Cadillac SUV without incident on McDonough, near the U.S. Post Office, Johnson said.
However, the driver of the second ignored police efforts to stop him. With officers in pursuit, they hopped on to eastbound Interstate 80 and then exited at northbound Center Street, Johnson said.
Before they left the interstate, several items were thrown from the vehicle, he said.
When the Chevy finally pulled over, two passengers fled on foot, forcing officers to give chase and allowing the third man to drive away, he said.
Police later returned to I-80 and recovered a knit cap containing ammunition and 9mm gun, he said.
When they later realized they had both 9mm and .45-caliber rounds, officers returned to the scene to look for a .45-caliber revolver only to find the Chevy SUV driver already there and doing the same thing, Johnson said. They were able to locate the missing weapon.
As of Tuesday evening, Johnson said he did not know if either of the guns was used in the Rockdale shooting.
In custody and facing felony charges of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon are Rashawn Clayton, 17, of 205 Reichman, and David B. Veasy, 17, of 1617 Middletree. Both were also charged with possession of a firearm without a valid FOID card, illegal possession of ammunition without an FOID card and resisting/obstructing a peace officer, all misdemeanors.
Three other people were taken into custody but released without charges.
The pair are being held in Will County jail pending a Wednesday bond hearing.