An Oak Lawn man with a valid FOID card was charged with felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, driving under the influence and illegal transportation of alcohol after he was involved in a two car accident.
Thomas Bucasas allegedly rear ended another car at 95th and Central Avenue. When the police arrived they suspected that Bucasas had been drinking due to a strong odor of alcohol on his breath.
Bucasas agreed to perform field sobriety tests but the officer claimed he failed the test. Prior to taking the test, he allegedly told the officer “I got my handgun on me” when the officer asked if he had anything illegal on him. Bucasas does not have a concealed carry license but does have a FOID card. Without a concealed carry license, Bucasas was not able to carry the loaded weapon in his pocket with 15 rounds of 9 mm ammunition.
The officer had asked Bucasas if he had anything to drink and he allegedly admitted to drinking two beers earlier. The officer claimed that he found a half empty beer wedged between the console and driver’s seat of the car.
At the police station, Bucasas agreed to take a breathalyzer. The results, according to the police, indicated a blood alcohol content of .113, which is above the legal limit of .08 for driving.
Bucasas, a 55 year old white male with an Oak Lawn address, was cited with failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident and illegal transportation of alcohol. He was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a blood alcohol concentration greater than .08, and one felony count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. The felony count was approved by the Cook County State’s Attorney.
The accident occurred at about 4:20 on February 21, 2018. Bucasas allegedly admitted to police that he was drinking before driving. He told the officer that he never carries the gun but was on his way to the storage unit where he has his gun case. He said he usually keeps his gun at home.