Man arrested after stun gun is found in vehicle

Man arrested after stun gun is found in vehicle

URBANA— A Champaign man is being held at the Champaign County Jail on $15,000 bond after police found a stun gun in his vehicle on Tuesday.

Burnell M. Staples, 40, who listed an address in the 1200 block of Clock Street, was charged on Wednesday with felony unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.
Staples is due back in court on Aug. 5.

According to a police report, officers pulled over a vehicle driven by Staples at Harris and Bradley avenues at 10:26 p.m. Tuesday for a making an improper turn.

When police discovered that Stapled has previous convictions for drug offenses, they brought a police dog to the scene.

When the dog alerted to the vehicle, police searched it after getting Staples’ consent.

The officers found a black stun gun inside the center console.

Police then arrested Staples and took him to jail.

Staples was previously sentenced to two years in prison for unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon in 1994, four years in prison for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance in 2004 and six years in prison for burglary in 2007.

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alabaster jones 71 wrote on June 26, 2014 at 2:06 am
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So.........he didn't have any drugs in the vehicle, though?

Now why would the dog "alert to the vehicle," then?  Surely it didn't smell the stun gun!

Maybe it's because police dogs are trained to "alert" to any vehicle that the handling officer wants them to?

Felons ought to be able to carry non-lethal weapons like stun guns anyway.  Why should a felon no longer have any right to protect himself?

rsp wrote on June 26, 2014 at 4:06 am

He should have refused the search. He consented to it. So it doesn't matter what the dog did or didn't do. One of my favorite words is no.

cwdog57 wrote on June 26, 2014 at 8:06 am

what happens if you refuse the search?do they twist your arm?

rsp wrote on June 26, 2014 at 10:06 am

If you refuse the search it can help get the search thrown out in court. If you say it's okay for them to search it's not likely to get thrown out. You can't think "well, they're going to search anyway". There is a female officer on CPD who liked to stop my son and every time she asked to search his car for drugs. Every time he said no. Every time she called and had the drug dog walk around the car. They would ask again, he said no. They never searched his car. But my son had the wrong color of skin in the wrong neighborhood. You have rights for a reason. If you don't use them you lose them.

jdmac44 wrote on June 26, 2014 at 10:06 am

Stun-guns aren't legal for carry outside your home in Illinois anyway, not even with the new CCL law.  They would have to be transported "unloaded", which I guess would mean batteries out.  :o)

billbtri5 wrote on June 26, 2014 at 10:06 am

check out on youtube.. professor .james duane,  regent university school of law, never talk to the police...informative and entertaining..