A traffic stop that turned into a police chase Monday led to four criminal charges being filed Tuesday in Racine County Circuit Court against a 25-year-old Racine man.

Sherman S. Barber is charged with felony counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, possession with intent to deliver marijuana with the use of a dangerous weapon, and attempting to flee or elude an officer, also as a repeat offender.

The three felonies carry a total fine of $45,000 and 19 years, six months in prison. Barber, who is in custody on a $25,000 bond, will be back in court Aug. 1 for a preliminary hearing at 8:30 a.m.

According to the criminal complaint:

An investigator with the Racine Police Department observed the defendant’s vehicle traveling westbound on 12th Street at Washington Avenue with what he believed to have excessive window tint. A traffic stop was initiated.

As the officer attempted to stop the vehicle, Barber failed to stop, quickly accelerated and drove past a stop sign before he stopped in the 1400 block of Cleveland Avenue. All five occupants fled from the vehicle, including Barber, who was carrying a brown plastic grocery bag that police believed contained marijuana.

A search of the vehicle revealed a loaded .40 caliber handgun with an extended magazine that was sticking out of a pocket behind the driver’s seat and in plain view. Police also found a cell phone with a text message that read, “can, I come grab n 8th,” which police stated is a street term for 3.5 grams of marijuana.

Barber eventually was apprehended and had $2,059 in cash in his possession, but no longer had the grocery bag. The bag was later located inside a recycling bin by a police K-9 officer. The bag also had a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun.



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