Berwyn man charged after driving drunk with loaded gun

Everardo Duenas, 52, was charged with misdemeanor driving under the influence and violating the concealed-carry act, Riverside police said.

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Everardo Duenas, 52, was arrested July 14, 2019 in west suburban Riverside.

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A Berwyn man faces multiple charges after he was pulled over in west suburban Riverside on suspicion of driving drunk and found with a loaded gun in his vehicle.

Everardo Duenas, 52, was charged with misdemeanor driving under the influence and violating the concealed-carry act for improper use of a handgun while intoxicated, Riverside police said.

About 1:40 a.m. July 14, a Riverside police officer was on her way to investigate another crash when she saw a vehicle driving all over the roadway and striking curbs on 26th Street between Westover Avenue and Harlem Avenue, police said. The officer reported the incident to on-duty patrols who stopped the vehicle at 26th Street and Harlem Avenue.

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Everardo Duenas

Riverside police

Duenas, the driver of the vehicle, had alcohol on his breath when officers stopped him, police said. He told officers “I’m good” when asked if he had been drinking and blamed the erratic driving on his 1999 Chevrolet.

Duenas was placed under arrest for DUI and when asked for his driver’s license, provided his concealed-carry license, telling the officer he had a firearm on him, police said.

The license was valid but Illinois law mandates that concealed-carry holders be sober if they have a gun on them, so the officer confiscated the fully loaded Glock 42 handgun, police said.

Duenas posted bond and was released to a family member, police said.

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