CARBONDALE – A Murphysboro man is facing gun-related charges after an early Sunday morning traffic stop and chase in Carbondale.
According to Carbondale Police, an officer initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle with suspended registration in the 900 block of West Main Street at 2:10 a.m.
During the traffic stop, the officer saw a passenger, later identified as 28-year-old Rashaad Z. Barr, in possession of a handgun. When the officer directed Barr to show his hands, the driver of the vehicle fled from the stop at a high rate of speed. Officers pursued the vehicle and the driver eventually stopped on West Pinewood Drive near West Alveria Drive. All three occupants fled from the vehicle. Officers apprehended Barr after a brief foot chase. The other two occupants of the vehicle were not located.
During the investigation, officers recovered a handgun and illegal drugs discarded by the suspects.
Barr was arrested for Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon and Resisting or Obstructing a Peace Officer. Barr was lodged in the Jackson County Jail.
The investigation is active and ongoing.
During the search for the suspects, two Carbondale Police Department vehicles collided causing minor injuries to an officer and damage to the vehicles.