An anonymous caller claimed that a man in a black Mercedes pointed a firearm at a vehicle in the area of 95th Street and 54th Avenue at about 4:45 p.m. on Saturday February 9th.
Shortly thereafter a Mercedes vehicle traveling eastbound on 95th Street passed Oak Lawn detectives at a high rate of speed and allegedly failed to yield to an Oak Lawn fire truck near Pulaski and was stopped by the detectives.
While speaking with the driver in the car, the detectives alleged that they smelled cannabis from inside the vehicle. The driver reportedly then told the officer that there was “a blunt” inside the center console of the car.
When the detectives asked if there was anything else that was in the car, the driver told him that he had a gun in the car but also had a concealed carry license. The gun was recovered and the blunt had about one gram of cannabis according to the police.
The driver admitted that he didn’t yield to the fire truck but told the police that he wanted to make it through the intersection and didn’t think the fire truck was close enough to him to force him to pull over.
The driver denied that he had pointed a gun at anyone. Instead, he said that he was at the Chicago Ridge Mall and when traveling back may have adjusted his holster in the parking lot. He guessed that perhaps someone saw the gun during the adjustment. The passenger in the car also denied that the driver pulled a gun.
The police called the anonymous caller several times but could not reach the caller because the phone was turned off and the message received was that the service was not valid. Without a witness, the police were unable to charge the man with a felony or misdemeanor. Instead, he was charged with a traffic citation for failing to yield and an ordinance violation for the cannabis.
The man agreed to allow the detective to have the police hold the gun since he had been smoking cannabis earlier in the day.