Rubén Cantú-Rodríguez/Conexión Del Río

DEL RIO – A convicted felon carrying two weapons was taken to the Val Verde County detention facility, after a traffic stop and chase occurring on Wednesday morning, June 22, 2016. John F. Lake, 47, of Del Rio, Texas, was arrested by the Del Rio Police Department after he was initially pulled over for speeding while riding a motorcycle at 2:03 a.m.

According to police reports, Lake was spotted by Sgt. Wesley Wilson, with the Patrol Division, at the 400 block of East 14th Street, riding his motorcycle at a high rate of speed. When Sgt. Wilson confirmed his suspicion through his radar, he initiated a traffic stop.

Lake initially stopped and stated that he didn’t have a driver’s license or insurance, and fled from the scene when he was receiving a citation. A short chase ensued, and he managed to momentarily escape, but his motorcycle, a Harley Davidson Electra Glide, was later found abandoned in the near vicinity.

The motorcycle was found at 319 East Gibbs Street, at the Texas Department of Transportation building. When the motorcycle was about to be towed from the site, and as a result of the inventory, police found a handgun and a machete in the vehicle, the handgun was a Taurus 45/.410 revolver.

Approximately two hours after, at 4:45 a.m., a Border Patrol agent tipped DRPD Sr. Officer Mario Cervantes, who was patrolling the area, about a person walking in the 500 block of E 2nd Street. Cervantes found the suspect and proceeded to ask Lake if he had weapons on him, which Lake confirmed, producing a .380 Sig Sauer P238 handgun.

After searching his criminal record it was found that he was a convicted felon.

Lake, who was booked into the Val Verde County detention facility, is facing one count of evading arrest or detention with a motor vehicle, one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in a weapon-free zone, as he was stopped in the vicinity of the Baptist Church on 1st Street.