Reginald D. Gordon, 45, of North Chicago.

A North Chicago man, who is a convicted murderer, was arrested after he allegedly almost hit a police car head-on in Gurnee and was found with a loaded gun, prosecutors said.

Reginald D. Gordon, 45, of North Chicago, was charged with two counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, felon in possession of a firearm, driving under the influence, following too close and failing to have a registration plate or decal.

An officer was on patrol on Washington Street just west of O’Plaine Road in Gurnee, Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Dino Katris said.

The officer observed a vehicle driving towards them at a high rate of speed and not stopping.

The officer had to swerve into the oncoming lane in order to avoid being hit, Katris said.

Officers initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle, which was being driven by Gordon.

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Katris said Gordon had an odor of alcohol coming from his breath and bloodshot glassy eyes.

Officers determined Gordon was impaired and unable to operate a motor vehicle so they arrested him.

A search was conducted and a loaded gun was found under the driver’s seat in Gordon’s car.

Gordon does not have a concealed carry license or a Firearm Owner’s Identification card.

He was convicted of first-degree murder in 1998, prosecutors said.

The murder occurred in North Chicago in 1995 when Gordon shot and killed a business owner of a store during a robbery.

Gordon was sentenced to 40 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, which he served at 50% and was released.

Prior to the 1995 murder, Gordon had been sentenced to prison for a residential burglary in North Chicago.

After being released from prison for the murder, Gordon was once again convicted of a new felony for being an armed habitual criminal in 2020.

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At the time of his most recent arrest, he was on probation for the armed habitual criminal case.

Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak ordered Gordon held on a $500,000 bond during a bond hearing last week.

Gordon remains held in the Lake County Jail and would need to post $50,000 cash in order to be released.