A 31-year-old Evanston man has been charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon after a traffic stop by Evanston police.

Cmdr. Ryan Glew says that about 7:22 p.m. Friday officers in the 800 block of Howard Street noticed a Chrysler Pacifica that didn’t have a functioning license plate light.

Glew says officers performed a traffic stop on the vehicle at 1325 Howard and detected an odor of cannabis coming from the SUV.

That led them to search the car, and Glew says they found a loaded handgun under the front passenger seat.

Steven Dykes.

The passenger, Steven C. Dykes, 31, of 1818 Brown Ave., and the driver were taken into custody and transported to the police station, where Dykes, Glew says, later admitted to being in possession of the gun.

Dykes, in addition to the felony weapons charge, also faces a misdemeanor charge of possessing a handgun and ammunition without a firearm owner’s ID card.

The driver was issued a traffic citation and released.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Prison time a must! No plea
    Prison time a must! No plea deal. At 31, with at least one felony, this citizen seems incapable of abiding by our laws and he is guiding himself through the “prison pipeline”. I would be curious to know how many times this person has been arrested as an adult and how each case was adjudicated.

    1. Wrong recipient

      You need to make your request for no plea to the state’s attorney’s office. They are the responsible agency that will ignore you or deny your request if they want to be polite enough to acknowledge it. For the record having 1 felony conviction at 31 is not remarkable in any sense of the word. Watch the news. Had it not been for the change in juvenile laws a few years ago we’d have a ton of high sshool student car jackers and car thieves on the way to their first.

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