An Oak Lawn man was charged with unlawful use of a weapon after a traffic stop of his vehicle equipped with emergency lights and a siren similar to the type on Oak Lawn Police vehicles and FTP on the license plates.
The officer asked what FTP stands for and the driver, Krzystof Wenc, claimed the letters represented “for the police”. The officer’s internet search indicated several other possibilities including the ever prominent “Fword The Police”.
The black Ford Taurus was stopped on 87th Street not far from Wenc’s home when the officer noticed Wenc was using his cellphone according to the police.
When the officer approached the car, he noted that the car had LED emergency lights similar to the mounts on the squad car, attached to the roof. He also noticed a spotlight like the one on the Oak Lawn police vehicle. Naturally, the officer asked Wenc if he was driving a police vehicle and Wenc reportedly responded “no”.
Inside the car was a “federal signal PA 640 siren” that was also the same make and model as the one in the squad. Wenc allegedly told the officer that the lights and siren worked and Wenc answered affirmatively and even showed the officer how well the siren worked. The car even was equipped with the prisoner barrier that keeps arrestees separated from officers.
Wenc allegedly told the officer that there was a gun in the glove compartment of the car and told him he has a valid FOID card but never was issued a concealed carry license.
Wenc allowed the officer to search the car, according to the police, and they recovered a loaded Smith and Wesson from the car. Wenc was taken into custody.
He told the police that he purchased the vehicle from an auction in Pennsylvania and he wasn’t aware that civilians cannot drive vehicles with flashing police lights and a siren.
The Cook County State’s Attorney refused to approve felony charges for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. Wenc, a 31 year old white Oak Lawn man was charged with misdemeanor unlawful use of a weapon. He also received citations for the unlawful use of a cellphone while driving, illegal possession of emergency lights and illegal use of flashing red/blue lights.