Las Vegas police find stolen gun hidden in engine when hood cuts in fatal DUI crash

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The car got stuck under the trailer last Monday

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Investigators found a stolen gun in the mail that was hidden in an engine compartment after a fatal crash last week.

Yaqub Ahman, 28, faces charges of impaired driving causing death, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, illegal transfer of license plates and driving with a revoked license, a Las Vegas Metro Police said.

The accident between the Ford Escape and the tractor-trailer happened around 10 p.m. on June 20 near the intersection of Lamb Boulevard and Alto Avenue in the Northeast Valley. The Ford got lodged under the trailer with the driver, Ahman, and his passenger inside, police said.

The passenger, Rakeem Lichtenberger, died after rescuers pulled him from the wreckage, police said.

Emergency personnel pulled Ahmad out of the vehicle and took him to hospital. The police noticed the smell of alcohol emanating from Ahmad and took blood samples from him.

The passenger, Rakeem Lichtenberger, died after rescuers pulled him from the wreckage. (Photo: LVMPD)

The car’s hood separated from the rest of the vehicle during the crash, revealing a semi-automatic handgun in plain sight in the engine compartment, police said.

Police learned the gun was stolen from a shipment from the USPS.

Records show Ahman was convicted of impaired driving in 2020.

Ahmad was being held Monday at the Clark County Detention Center without bond. He was due to appear in court on Thursday. A booking photo for Ahmad was not available.

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