Lake County Sheriff’s Gang Unit recently arrested two men on charges of illegal weapons possession and another for fleeing police in a car chase.

Robert A. Pujoe, an 18-year-old Gary resident, was arrested for allegedly carrying a handgun without a license. Montrell Miller, a 31-year-old Gary resident, was arrested on a charge of being a felon in possession of a handgun. 

Jamil R. Sproles, a 26-year-old Gary resident, was arrested on a charge of felony fleeing law enforcement and driving without a license.

On July 14, a Gang Unit officer found a passing sedan in Gary had a fictitious plate and pulled it over police stated. He found the driver, Miller, who was a felon on parole, had a stolen .45 caliber Glock handgun, according to a police report.

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On July 19, another Gang Unit officer pulled over a vehicle with busted brake lights in Gary. The driver, Pujoe had an ATSRA 9mm handgun that he didn't have a permit for and that had been reported stolen from Indianapolis, the police report said.

Also on July 19, a Chyrsler fled from a traffic stop, leading officers on a chase before crashing into a tree in the alley of Georgia Street in Gary. An officer chased down the driver, Sproles, on foot and tased him.

“Our Gang Unit officers have some of the most difficult and dangerous jobs on our Department," Lake County Sheriff John Buncich said. "These officers show determination and persistence where many would not, and I commend them for their extraordinary efforts to protect and serve.”

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