A North Chicago man, who was out on bond for possessing a machine gun, was arrested after officers found him in possession of a loaded pistol in Park City, prosecutors said.
Jeremiah D. Grover, 23, of North Chicago, was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, disregarding a stop sign and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.
Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Kelse Banks said during a bond hearing that officers observed a silver vehicle heading westbound on 7th Street in Park City last Monday.
The vehicle approached an intersection and failed to stop at a stop sign.
Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop but the vehicle continued driving for about a block despite police activating their lights and sirens.
The vehicle stopped at a stop sign and continued to drive for another block before turning into an apartment complex, Banks said.
Officers approached the vehicle and made contact with Grover, who was the driver and sole occupant.
Officers smell an odor of cannabis coming from the vehicle and asked Grover to step out of the car.
Grover tried grabbing some items from the vehicle as he was exiting. At that point, officers observed a small bag of cannabis in the center console.
Officers searched the vehicle and recovered a loaded Advantage Arms semi-automatic pistol, Banks said.
The gun, which was found in the glove box, had a plate for a serial number but it was blank.
Banks said Grover has revoked a Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card and does not have a concealed carry license.
Court records show was out of jail on a $75,000 bond for a pending case in Zion where he was charged with possession of a machine gun and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon on March 11.
Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak ordered Grover held on a $250,000 bond. “[He’s] on bond for a gun charge and now he’s got a new gun charge,” Potkonjak said.
On Wednesday, a judge increased Grover’s bond to $350,000.
He remains held in the Lake County Jail and would need to post $35,000 cash in order to be released.
A status of preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 14.