Oak Lawn is not known for seeking or securing many grants but the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) grant is an exception and the work being done on that grant led to the arrest of a Burbank man for aggravated unlawful use of weapon on November 17th.
Police officers were working on the impaired driving enforcement detail in the area of 9800 S. Cicero when one officer spotted a Honda Pilot traveling at what the officer thought was a very high rate of speed. The officer activated the radar and alleged that the Honda was traveling 60 mph in the 35 mph zone of Cicero Avenue.
The officer gave chase after the Honda and curbed it just south of the train tracks at 9300 S. Cicero Avenue. The driver, Robert Packer opened his window a few inches and slid his license through the hole to the officer. While the car had North Carolina license plates, Packer had an Illinois driver’s license. He explained that he had recently moved from North Carolina to Burbank.
The officer asked if Packer had a weapon or anything else in the car that he should no about and Packer answered that he did not.
The officer reported that he could smell a strong odor of alcohol on Packer’s breath but Packer insisted that he had one Michelob Ultra at a friend’s house. The officer reported that Packer was asked a series of questions and to perform field sobriety tests, which the officer determined Packer failed.
When Packer was asked to recite the alphabet, the officer reported that on two occasions he failed to properly recite the letters in order.
When Packer was handcuffed, the officer began a search and again asked him if he had any weapons. This time, Packer said he had a “.40 cal” in his inside pocket. He told the officer that the reason for answering differently was because he didn’t hear that question the first time.
The police alleged that a search of Packer’s Honda uncovered cannabis, a pipe , metal grinder, and plastic bags. According to the police, a subsequent search of Packer found two zip lock plastic bags containing a white rocky/powdery substance in his vest pocket.
Packer did not have a concealed carry license or firearms identification card and had never been issued one in Illinois. He allegedly spoke with the police and told them he hadn’t gotten around to getting those licenses since he moved to Illinois in July.
The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office approved a felony aggravated unlawful use of weapon charge. He was also charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of cannabis, driving under the influence and speeding. Packer is a 48 year old white male with a Burbank address.