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Trooper makes two gun arrests in same shift

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An Indiana State Police trooper made two separate arrests this past weekend on gun charges, the ISP is reporting.

According to police, at 9:50 p.m. Saturday Trooper William Carlson stopped a vehicle at the 247 mile marker on I-65 after clocking its driver, Kendall T. Vaughn, 23, of Park Forest, Ill., at 87 miles per hour in a zone posted at 70 mph. Police said that, after detecting an odor of marijuana from the vehicle’s interior, Carlson searched it and found a .40 Smith & Wesson handgun under the driver’s seat.

Vaughn was transported to Lake County Jail on charges of possession of a handgun by a serious violent felon and possession of a handgun without a permit, police said. Vaughn was also issued citations for speeding and following too closely, police said. Three juveniles in his vehicle--aged 4, 6, and 17--were released at the scene to their mother, police added.

Then, at 2:30 a.m. Sunday--on the same shift--Carlson responded to reports of a road rage incident near the 225 mile marker on I-65 in Jasper County. “The complaining party reported that another vehicle had stopped in front of their vehicle in the right lane,” police said. “The right passenger of the offending vehicle exited and pointed a handgun in the direction of the reporting party.”

The suspect vehicle was described as a light Ford Escape and was quickly located on southbound I-65 at the 191 mile marker, its front-seat passenger, identified as Edwin Orozco, 20, of Monticello, Ind., resembling the description provided by the reporting party, police said. A loaded Glock 19 handgun with two magazines was subsequently located inside the vehicle, police said.

Orozco was transported to the Jasper County Jail on a charge of pointing a loaded firearm.


Posted 11/26/2019







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