Lake County Sheriff’s Office Canine Boomer helped take down a man who fled from a crash on foot while armed with a gun in Third Lake Saturday morning.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded around 9:30 a.m. Saturday to the intersection of Route 45 and Washington Street in Third Lake for a three-vehicle crash with injuries.
Sheriff’s deputies arrived and learned one of the driver’s fled from the scene on foot, Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli said.
Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Kilpatrick and his partner canine Boomer were called to the scene.
The driver, identified as Forrest J. Jackson, 30, of the 300 block of McKinley Avenue in Waukegan, was observed walking out of a nearby store by a sheriff’s deputy.
The suspect surrendered upon hearing Boomer barking and was taken into custody, Covelli said.
Kilpatrick and Boomer then conducted a track along the path Jackson took while fleeing. Boomer discovered a loaded pistol under a pile of leaves, Covelli said.
Inside Jackson’s vehicle, deputies located approximately eight grams of rock cocaine, an additional six grams of rock cocaine individually packaged for distribution, approximately five grams of heroin individually packaged for distribution and nearly 30 grams of a white powder, believed to be powder cocaine.
Jackson was charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon, a Class 2 felony, one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, a Class 3 felony and cited for numerous traffic violations.
Additional charges are pending.