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.