LAKE FOREST — A well-being check by police on a Lake Forest man walking near Wisconsin Avenue and Church Street led to his arrest for possession of a controlled substance.
Joseph A. Iosue, 25, of the 100 block of Honeysuckle Road in Lake Forest, was arrested on a charge of possession of a controlled substance by Lake Forest Police December 29, according to Lake Forest Police reports.
Police spotted Iosue walking in the area around Wisconsin and Church at 3:30 a.m. December 29 and stopped him for a well- being check, according to Lake Forest Police Commander Craig Lepkowski.
“When we see someone out in that kind of weather at that hour it’s normal to do a well-being check,” said Lepkowski.
Police determined Iosue had been drinking and visiting friends, according to the report. Lepkowski said police asked Iosue if he wanted a ride to his parents’ home approximately three miles away, and Iosue accepted the offer.
“Anytime we put someone in the back of a squad (car) we search them for the safety of the officer,” said Lepkowski. “He consented to the search before (the officer) patted him down. During the search they found a baggie with a white substance.”
Iosue admitted to officers the substance was cocaine, which a field test later confirmed, according to the report. Lepkowski said the amount in the bag was approximately 1.5 grams. After conferring with an assistant Lake County State’s Attorney, Iosue was charged with possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony.
Iosue remains free after posting the cash portion of a $30,000 bond, according to a spokesperson for the Lake County Sheriff’s office. He is scheduled to appear in Lake County Criminal Court January 30.
If convicted of the charges, Iosue could be sentenced to between one and three years in prison, according to Illinois law.