RACINE COUNTY– A Chicago male, who had a seizure while on a bus traveling through Racine County on Tuesday, was taken to a healthcare facility for treatment and later charged with belongings of a firearm by a felon.
Devante Mauri Dawson, 26, was kept in the Racine County Jail as of Wednesday afternoon. The weapons charge brings enhancements for being a repeat offender and for having a firearm as a felon.
According to the criminal complaint, a Wisconsin State Trooper observed traffic on Interstate 94 northbound at the Highway KR turnoff about 10 a.m. Tuesday. A northbound Greyhound bus stopped on the shoulder near the trooper's team. The motorist went out and told the officer that a passenger was having a seizure.
The officer boarded the bus and found the passenger, later identified as Dawson, being in the center aisle. The seizure appeared to have stopped, and he was breathing appropriately.
The officer gotten in touch with emergency medical personnel who, upon arrival, examined Dawson and determined that he ought to be transported to Ascension All Saints Hospital in Racine for additional treatment. An additional Wisconsin State Trooper and a Racine County Sheriff's deputy helped. As Dawson was taken from the bus, the deputy gathered his personal valuables. The deputy felt “a tough metal item” in a backpack belonging to Dawson. The object was a Sig Sauer Model P320 semi-automatic pistol with a crammed publication.
A records examine revealed that Dawson had actually been convicted of two felonies in Illinois and was not allowed to possess a firearm. He also holds habitual culprit status.
Dawson made a preliminary look on Wednesday afternoon, where a money bond was set at $250. An initial hearing is set up for Nov. 25 at the Racine County Law Enforcement Center, 717 Wisconsin Ave., Racine.