Two loaded guns recovered during DUI arrest

CHAMPAIGN, Illinois – University of Illinois Police arrested a Champaign man and recovered two loaded handguns during an impaired driving investigation early Monday morning.

Police initially stopped a vehicle driven by Ronald J. Bufkin, 29, at 12:37 a.m. Monday near Fourth and Chalmers streets, Champaign, after he disobeyed a stop sign. A police officer quickly recognized signs of impairment, including an open container of alcohol near Bufkin. Bufkin told police he missed the stop sign because he was trying to record a video for social media.

As Bufkin exited the vehicle at officers’ request to perform field sobriety testing, an officer noticed a bulge in Bufkin’s waistband. He was patted down for weapons, and officers found a loaded handgun. Bufkin has a Firearm Owner’s Identification, but not a concealed carry permit.

Police then searched Bufkin’s vehicle and found a second loaded handgun, an extended 30-round magazine, 19 individually-packaged bags of cannabis and a large amount of cash.

Bufkin’s preliminary breath sample indicated a 0.183 blood-alcohol concentration, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08.

He was arrested for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, driving under the influence of alcohol, illegal transportation of liquor and disobeying a stop sign.

Please note, those arrested are presumed innocent until proved guilty, and formal charges may change as cases are adjudicated.