Occupants face multiple drug, gun charges after vehicle strikes Interstate 88 median

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Interstate 88

Two Rockford residents are facing multiple drug- and gun-related charges after a vehicle lost control and struck a median in Whiteside County.

An Illinois state trooper was dispatched to Interstate 88 westbound at milepost 35 around 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Upon arrival, troopers learned the male passenger, 22-year-old Raushe D. Carmichael, was wanted on multiple warrants.

Carmichael was arrested for the following active warrants out of Rockford:

  • Two counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm
  • One count of aggravated battery
  • One count of possession of ammunition

A probable cause search was conducted upon further investigation with the assistance of Illinois State Police Zone 2 Blackhawk Area Task Force agents.

Two loaded firearms, several rounds of ammunition, prescription pills and crack cocaine were located inside the vehicle.

The male driver of the vehicle, 25-year-old Taylor J. Tersip, was arrested and faces these charges:

  • Two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver
  • Two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm by felon
  • One count of unlawful possession of firearm ammunition by a felon
  • One count of possession of a weapon with a defaced serial number

Tersip was also issued citations for improper lane usage, operating a vehicle without insurance and illegal transportation of alcohol.

Carmichael and Tersip were both transported and lodged at Whiteside County Jail awaiting a future court date.

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