A man “shooting blanks” was arrested on unrelated charges last Thursday in Oak Lawn.
The police officer was patrolling Cicero Avenue heading north when he saw the driver of a Buick LaSabre heading southbound near 110th Street. The car allegedly had an object hanging from the rear view mirror that reportedly obstructed the driver’s view. The officer made a U-turn and stopped the LaSabre at 111th Street.
The officer asked the driver, Darryl Pryor, for his license and proof of insurance which Pryor provided immediately. Unfortunately for Pryor, according to the police the license had been suspended by the State of Illinois, making him unable to drive.
When the officer asked if there was anything “illegal” in the car, Pryor reportedly responded that he had a pistol under the front seat that shoots blanks. Pryor was taken into custody and a search of the vehicle did find a gun.
The police reported finding a EKOL Sava Magnum (9mm) underneath the front seat of the vehicle. The barrel of the firearm was allegedly obstructed and ten 9mm blank cartridges were in the magazine.
Pryor has a valid FOID card and no ammunition was recovered. The police checked the pistol and determined that the gun was not capable of firing bullets. In addition, the police determined that the pistol was not considered a “firearm” under Illinois state statutes.
While Pryor was only capable of shooting blanks, he was issued a citation for an obstructed driver’s view and for driving with a suspended license. Pryor was advised that it isn’t a good idea to carry a look alike firearm in his vehicle. Pryor is a 29 year old black male who provided a Harvey address to police officers.