Prosecutors say a gang member was found with a loaded gun and threatened to fight officers after they had to forcefully remove him from his car during a traffic stop in Round Lake Park.
Orlando Garcia, 27, of Palatine, was charged with possession of a firearm by a gang member, aggravated assault of a peace officer, two counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, resisting a peace officer, unlawful possession of cannabis by a driver and three counts of driving under the influence.
Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Caitlin Valiulis said an officer conducted a traffic stop on a Jeep with tinted windows and no plates in Round Lake Park around 3 a.m. Sunday.
Garcia rolled down the window enough to talk but allegedly refused to roll it down further when asked. He then gave the officer his license and insurance card.
Valiulis said that Garcia was acting aggressively toward officers, who learned the man was listed as a gang member.
Officers asked him 24 times to step out of the car but he refused and had to be removed by force, Valiulis said.
A loaded firearm was found in the center console of the vehicle.
Officer could smell alcohol on Garcia’s breath and in the vehicle where they found an open alcohol container.
Garcia threatened to “beat the officer’s a–” when he gets out of custody and made comments about the officer taking off his badge, Valiulis said.
Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak ordered Garcia held on a $350,000 bond.
Garcia has since been released from the Lake County Jail after posting $35,000 cash.
In addition to his charges, Garcia was also cited for failing to pull to the right of way for an emergency vehicle, illegal transportation of alcohol, expired registration and obstructing the front windshield.
A status of preliminary hearing is scheduled for December 22.