A man, who was driving a car wanted in multiple weapons offenses, was arrested after he led police on a pursuit in Waukegan and was found in possession of two guns, prosecutors said.
Carlos D. Marchan, 23, of Waukegan, was charged with two counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful possession of a weapon, aggravated fleeing to elude a peace officer and possession of a controlled substance.
Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Caitlin Valiulis said police identified a vehicle, which belonged to Marchan, that was involved in “multiple firearm investigations.”
Officers spotted the vehicle in Waukegan around 3 p.m. Tuesday and they attempted to conduct a traffic stop.
The driver did not stop and the car drove away at a high rate of speed, Valiulis said during a bond hearing.
The car went through red lights at Genesee Street and Belvidere Road and Belvidere Road and McAlister Avenue.
Valiulis said the car disregarded approximately six stop signs as police pursued the vehicle.
Officers lost sight of the vehicle but within minutes a sergeant found the car abandoned.
The police sergeant spotted Marchan fleeing on foot through a park.
Officers then received a 911 call of an unknown person running the caller’s yard in the 500 block of Yeoman Street, Valiulis said.
Officers arrested Marchan on Butrick Street. No other occupants were in the car.
Valiulis said officers backtracked through Marchan’s flight of path and found footprints in the 400 block of Yeoman Street that led to a shed.
A satchel was found containing a pistol and cocaine. A second gun was found next to the items, which appeared to have been just placed there.
Video surveillance showed Marchan walking to where the items were and the homeowner confirmed the guns were not hers.
One of the guns recovered was a ghost gun with a round in the chamber and rounds in the magazine, Valiulis said.
The second gun was an unloaded 9mm handgun with live rounds next to it.
Marchan admitted to driving the car and fleeing from the officers, Valiulis said.
Marchan has a revoked Firearm Owners Identification card and no concealed carry license.
Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak ordered Marchan held on a $350,000 bond.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for January 24.