Suspect tapes his own traffic stop, LCSO uses it to arrest him

Above, Angelo S. Morris – LCSO photo

Staff report

A video tape produced by 27-year old Waukegan man about his traffic stop by Lake County Sheriff’s deputies was used by authorities as evidence to arrest him on charges of unlawful possession of a weapon and driving under the influence of drugs.

According to the sheriff’s office, deputies stopped Angelo S. Morris for a traffic violation on June 1 while he was driving his 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix. Morris whom the sheriff’s office identified as a documented gang member began videotaping the incident with a cell phone camera. He then drove away.

The suspect later posted the video to his Facebook account from which the sheriff’s office obtained as evidence. The video, according to the sheriff’s office, showed him pulling out a handgun from what appeared to be his pants.

On June 2, the day after he was first stopped for traffic violation, deputies arrested him on a warrant for unlawful possession of a weapon. The arresting officers found him driving the same car near his home on North Berwick Boulevard. He was also charged with driving under the influence of drugs. He is being held in Lake County Jail on a $250,000 bond.

Sheriff Mark Curran called the arrest of what he said “another dangerous gang member” the result of hard work and collaboration between his Highway Patrol Division and the Gang Task Force.  More and more communities, he said, are joining the task force to combat gangs in the county.

Undersheriff Ray Rose stressed that authorities have “zero tolerance” for gang members, especially those who “attempt to threaten and intimate the community and law enforcement.”

In the past six months, the Gang Task Force has removed 25 guns from the streets, a majority of them from gang members.

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