A Waukegan man, who is a convicted felon, is being held on a $500,000 bond after he allegedly fled from police in Waukegan and was later found with a gun and drugs.
Jerome A. Murray, 37, of the 1800 block of Grand Avenue in Waukegan, was charged with armed habitual criminal, unlawful possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, two counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful possession of cocaine, aggravated fleeing to elude and driving on a revoked license.
Waukegan police officers attempted to stop a vehicle around 10:30 p.m. Monday near Butrick Street and Paul Street.
The vehicle fled from them and an investigation was initiated, according to a police summary report. Officers identified the driver as Murray.
Murray was arrested after he was located near the R&D Food and Liquor at Jackson Street and 10th Street.
Officers found a 9mm Ruger handgun and $1,700 in cash on Murray during his arrest, the report said.
A search of the vehicle led to officers finding approximately five grams of crack cocaine packaged in individual amounts.
In addition to his criminal charges, Murray was also issued citations for improper lane usage, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, disregarding a traffic control device, driving without valid registration and expiration of registration.
Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak ordered Murray held on a $500,000 bond during a bond hearing Tuesday morning, court records show.
Murray has previous felony convictions in Lake County for possessing drugs, burglary, criminal trespass and theft.
Murray was transported to the Lake County Jail and remains held there as of Wednesday. He would need to post $50,000 cash in order to be released.
A status of preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 30.