Two Illinois Men Arrested on Multiple Charges
Two men from Illinois were arrested early this morning on numerous charges when troopers found guns and narcotics in their car.
Just after 1:30 a.m., on Monday, Trooper Kenneth Payonk made a traffic stop on a Chevrolet Malibu on I-94 east bound approximately 1 ½ miles west of the Portage exit for a suspected impaired driver. Motorists had called into the Lowell Regional Dispatch reporting that the Malibu was driving well under the posted speed limit and unable to maintain its lane of travel. After stopping the Malibu, Payonk observed that the driver seemed evasive and that the front seat passenger appeared asleep. The back seat passenger, a 24 year old female from Dolton, Illinois, was cooperative and later released. The male driver, later identified as 24 year old Steven Trunnell, of Harvey, Illinois, was asked to step out of the car and fled on foot. Payonk chased Trunnell and was able to catch up and gain control over him in a ditch. Trooper Carlson arrived shortly thereafter and assisted Payonk in placing Trunnell in handcuffs. Once Trunnell was detained, suspected narcotics (cocaine) were located on him. As the troopers escorted Trunnell back to Malibu, Carlson noticed that the male front seat passenger was now awake. When Carlson asked the passenger, later identified as 19 year old Cleveland Jordan III, of Dolton, Illinois, to place his hands up, Jordan smiled and kept his hands below his chest. As Carlson moved closer to the Malibu he could see a black handgun with an extended magazine on Jordan’s lap. Carlson gave loud verbal commands for Jordan to place his hands up and he ultimately complied and was removed from the car. Once outside the Malibu, Jordan began to resist, but was subdued and placed in handcuffs. A second handgun was found under the front passenger seat with a shaved off serial number. Another search of the Malibu yielded a third firearm which was found to be stolen through Clark County, Ohio.
Open containers of alcohol were located throughout the car, as was a scale, and small plastic bags of suspected marijuana.
Both Trunnell and Jordan were transported and incarcerated at the Porter County Jail in Valparaiso.
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