NW Side Man Faces Felony Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding Charges

Henry Jesus Mendez, 21, was arrested in connection with car chase that resulted in a crash in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago.

Mendez allegedly began firing a gun at individuals he recently had an altercation with at a nearby nightclub. Police officers heard the gunshots and responded to the scene where witnesses pointed out the car as it drove away. Also in the car were two women and a fourth person who escaped and still remains unidentified.

Mendez crashed the car into a pole near Belmont and Sheffield and all occupants allegedly fled the vehicle. Mendez was charged with felony reckless discharge of a firearm and aggravated fleeing from the police. He was also charged with several traffic citations for running red lights, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident and damaging city property. According to police, Mendez disobeyed 10 stop signs and red lights.

The two women with Mendez – Tiffany Marie Sanchez, 24, and Vanessa Fernandez, 20, were both charged with misdemeanor reckless conduct.

NW side man charged in car chase, www.chicagotribune.com, September 5, 2011

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