A man was arrested after police found him trying to hide his handgun during a traffic stop in Zion early Monday morning.
The Zion Police Department said that a Zion police officer stopped a vehicle for speeding in the 2500 block of Sheridan Road in Zion at 2:13 a.m..
Officials said that as the officer approached the car he observed a passenger in the backseat reaching under the seat and turning around in what appeared to be an effort to see where the officer was.
The backseat passenger, Darius Cutrer, 21, of Zion, continued to reach under the seat. Police said he was ordered out of the car at gunpoint and detained.
Authorities said that a loaded .380 semi-automatic handgun was found under the seat where Cutrer was sitting.
Cutrer, who police say is a convicted felon, was arrested and charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, resisting a police officer or correctional officer, and three counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.
Cutrer did not have a FOID card according to Lake County Jail records.
He was taken to bond court and is being held on a $75,000 bond.
Cutrer has numerous priors for weapons, traffic, trespassing, and other offenses according to Lake County Jail records.
Zion police also said that the driver of the vehicle was arrested when it was learned that her license was suspended.