Skokie man arrested in connection with gun possession

Julian Gerez, Reporter

A convicted felon was arrested Sunday in connection with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon among other offenses, police said.

The 21-year-old Skokie resident was driving with a passenger when a police officer noticed the two not wearing seat belts, Evanston police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan said. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle in the 800 block of Dodge Avenue, and then the driver turned into a parking lot, hitting a parked vehicle, police said.

The Skokie man was charged with possession of firearm and firearm ammunition without the requisite firearm owner ID card — both misdemeanors — after a search revealed a loaded .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun in the car, police said. He was also arrested in connection with aggravated unlawful use of weapon, a felony. The handgun was reported stolen from Tennessee, Dugan said. The 21-year-old did not have a valid driver’s license or proof of insurance for the car.

The man does not yet have a set court date, police said.

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