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2 arrested on multiple charges

HAMMOND — Police arrested two people and found a loaded 9mm handgun, an open bottle of alcohol and fake ID cards after stopping the driver of a Jeep traveling early Sunday without headlights or taillights on.

Raynard Headd, 26, of Gary, and Andrea Whitehead, 21, of Gary, were expected to each face multiple charges, according to Indiana State Police.

Police smelled an overwhelming odor of marijuana and alcohol when Headd, Whitehead and another female passenger rolled down their windows during the traffic stop about 2:50 a.m. Sunday on Calumet Avenue at Lyons Street, a news release said.

Headd told troopers he didn't have identification and provided a false name and date of birth, police said. When confronted, Headd admitted he lied because his driver's license was suspended and he was wanted on warrants, police said.

Headd provided his real name, and police confirmed his driver's license had been suspended and that he had a warrant through Lake County.

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Whitehead and another woman, the registered owner of the 2017 Jeep, were passengers, police said.

Police found the gun and bottle of alcohol during a search of the Jeep. Troopers also found two false identification cards with Whitehead's photo on them but different names, dates of birth and driver's license numbers, police said.

The Jeep was released to the second female passenger, who was cited for open container, police said.

Headd was charged with Class A misdemeanor driving while suspended with a prior conviction, possession of a handgun without a permit, false identity/false informing and for a warrant out of Lake County for failure to appear for driving while suspended.

Whitehead was charged with a Class A misdemeanor possession of false government identifications.

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Lake County reporter

Rob covers urban affairs and other matters in Crown Point, St. John, Winfield and beyond. Previously he covered Valparaiso, Hammond, Gary and East Chicago. He's also written for various magazines and pens a culture blog for The Times.