Evanston Police say a traffic stop early this morning led to the recovery of a stolen gun and the arrest of the car’s driver.

Police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says about 1 a.m. officers stopped a car at Howard Street and Western Avenue because the car’s license plates were expired.


Dugan says that while speaking with the two people in the vehicle officers noticed a handgun on the driver’s side floorboard.

The driver, Jacquese T. Sims, 22, of 7626 N. Rogers in Chicago, was taken into custoday and charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and possession of a firearm and ammunition without a firearm owner’s ID card as well as traffic violations for the expired registration and not having a driver’s license on his person. The Department of Corrections also issued a parole violation warrant for Sims.

His passenger, a 28-year-old Chicago woman, was taken into custody but later released without charges.

Dugan says the loaded .45 caliber Smith and Wesson handgun recovered had been stolen during a burglary in Evanston last July.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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    1. Under appreciated.

      Another of the popular misconceptions that are continually spouted by some people. Just because someone might question some of their methods, does not make that person anti police.I happen to think that the EPD does a very good job of protecting our city. I always compare them favorably to their brethren in the big city to the south. That incident reported a few weeks ago with the young man and the take down arrest, could have gone really badly if it had ocurred south of Howard. Keep doing good work EPD and do not allow yourselves to be influenced by narrow focused comments that aim to pit you against some segments of the the city.

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