An open car title describes a title that is signed by the listed owner, but not the purchaser. This is known as “title jumping” and is illegal in most states.
A driver with an open title in an Oak Lawn stop is facing a felony charge for allegedly having an open title after a police detective stopped his Mercedes that he said was tailgating multiple cars before cutting off the detective.
The driver of the Mercedes, Basman Sughayyer, had Texas car dealer license plates and he told the police that he drives the car on a daily basis. He was cooperative at first, allegedly telling the officers that he had a “nugget” of weed, a half a hydrocodone pill in the car along with his handgun and a concealed carry license. He claimed that he worked for a dealership called Car Zone in Texas.
That cooperation faded according to the police As Sughayer apparently thought the police were hassling him when they looked up the dealership online and told him that the company didn’t exist. Sughayyer allegedly told the police that “there are a lot bigger fish out there” and noted that there were a lot of murders in Chicago.
A search of the vehicle allegedly uncovered the open title to a Lexus but Sughayyer blamed a “girl at the auction” where he claimed he purchased the car. The title was not signed by the purchaser, which sometimes allows straw buyers to purchase a car and resell it without paying transfer taxes or title charges.
Sughayyer was charged with felony possession of an open title, possession of a controlled substance and was cited for possession of cannabis, that was recovered, and improper lane usage. Sughayyer is a 35 year old white male and provided an Evergreen Park address.