An Evanston police officer responding to a call about 6:30 Tuesday morning says he found a driver asleep behind the wheel of a vehicle in the southbound lane of the 1800 block of Chicago Avenue.

Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says that after the officer woke the driver, Marcus James, 25, of 446 Paxton in Calument City, he seemed intoxicated, and Paxton was taken into custody for driving under the influence of alcohol.

When police searched the vehicle, Dugan says, they found a clear plastic baggie on the driver’s side floorboard containing 8 grams of crack cocaine and a loaded Taurus .357 caliber revolver in the trunk.

James now is facing felony charges of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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