A 19-year-old Evanston man is under a court-ordered curfew after police say they found him in possession of a gun during a traffic stop.

Police Cmdr. Ryan Glew says detectives from the special operations group were in the 2100 block of Darrow Avenue shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday when they saw a silver Honda with an expired registration tag.

He says they stopped the car in the 1700 block of Payne Street after it drove up onto the curb.

Glew says the driver, Dion King Jr., of the 1300 block of McDaniel Avenue, was visibly nervous and could not produce a driver’s license and that when detectives asked him to exit the vehicle he tried to flee on foot.

When detectives took him into custody, Glew says, they found a loaded 9mm handgun inside the front of his pants.

The gun and ammunition police say they recovered from King’s pants.

Glew says the gun had a “ghost gun” frame and a Glock slide and that King did not have a FOID card or a Concealed Carry License.

King’s car was towed from the scene. A detective who suffered an injury to his knee during the brief foot pursuit was treated and released from a local hospital.

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office approved felony charges for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and for resisting an officer – causing harm.

King received a $5,000D bond with the special condition of curfew from 6:30 p.m. through 6:30 a.m. His next court date is at 9 a.m. June 2 at the Skokie Courthouse.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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