Raymond W. Adams, 40, of Waukegan.

A multiple-time felon, who was on parole, was arrested after he was allegedly found in possession of a loaded gun when a car fled police and crashed into a pole in Waukegan.

Raymond W. Adams, 40, of Waukegan, was charged with armed habitual criminal and felon in possession of a firearm enhanced.

Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Mary Vukovich said officers in an unmarked squad were on patrol on January 24 in Waukegan.

They spotted a vehicle, driven by a masked person, exiting an apartment complex.

The car traveled at a high rate of speed and officers attempted a traffic stop, Vukovich said.

The car fled and officers discontinued the pursuit before later spotting the car turn down Glen Rock Avenue.

They found the car had crashed into a utility pole and the occupants attempted to flee.

Vukovich said Adams was spotted trying to get out of the front passenger seat of the car. He has limited mobility and was unable to flee.

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A loaded pistol was on the floorboard of the front passenger seat where Adams was seated, Vukovich said.

Adams told officers he had been sitting in the front passenger seat and was not driving.

Vukovich said Adams has an extensive criminal history with multiple felony convictions.

He has been sentenced to the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) on six different cases, ranging from drugs to weapons offenses.

State records show he was paroled from the IDOC in July for a gun charge and drug charge out of Lake County. A parole violation warrant has since been issued.

Prosecutors filed a petition to detain Adams pending trial, calling him a real and present threat to the safety of the community.

Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak granted the petition and remanded Adams to the Lake County Jail.

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Adams interjected while the judge was rending his decision, saying that prosecutors will not be able to prove their case.

Potkonjak said that whether prosecutors would be able to prove the case or not would be determined at a later time. “You know the system probably as good as I do,” the judge said to Adams.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for February 21.