2 Hospitalized, Police Find Gun, Drugs In Crash On School Property

NILES, IL — Two people were hospitalized with injuries from an early morning crash Friday in Niles that led to the discovery of contraband and a delayed opening at a local school, authorities said.

Shortly after 12:30 a.m., a 36-year-old man rear-ended another motorist with the Alfa Romeo he was driving west in the 8100 block of Oakton Street, according to Niles police.

After the collision, the driver of the Alfa Romeo drove off of the road and into the fence around Emerson Middle School, 8101 N. Cumberland Ave., where he crashed into a tree on school property.

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He and his 34-year-old passenger were both taken to a local hospital for treatment, where they remained in police custody for treatment for their injuries, according to a police spokesperson.

The driver of the other car was not injured.

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Officers found a firearm and some suspected cocaine, suspected heroin, and suspected Hydrocodone pills inside the vehicle at the crash site, a spokesperson told Patch.

Police said Emerson school administrators decided to have a delayed start time. School began at 10 a.m. Friday, police said.

Oakton Street was closed between Cumberland Avenue and Prospect Street during the Niles police investigation, which was assisted by the Major Crash Assistance Team of the suburban major crimes task force.

Police said more information would be shared if charges are filed against the two men in custody.

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