URBANA - A Champaign man was arrested early Saturday in Urbana for allegedly fleeing from police who were investigating a call of shots fired.
Urbana police Sgt. Harley Rutledge said officers were called to an apartment complex in the 1600 block of East Florida Avenue just after 4 a.m. where someone had reported hearing shots fired. As they arrived, two cars were leaving the complex. One stopped for police, was searched and determined not to be involved. A second, however, took off quickly.
Officers lost track of the fleeing Buick Regal but about 8 minutes later were dispatched to a report of an accident in the 400 block of Eliot Drive. There they found the car in a yard but no one in it.
Rutledge said Urbana officers were joined by Champaign County sheriff's deputies and University of Illinois police officers in looking for the two men who had initially been seen in the car. Later, a deputy found two men in a cab in the parking lot of the Meijer Store in southeast Urbana. An Urbana officer recognized one of the men, Keandre Delaney, as the driver of the Regal that fled from police earlier.
Rutledge said Delaney, 25, of the 1300 block of Fairfax Drive, Champaign, was arrested for fleeing and eluding a police officer, not having auto insurance, making an improper turn and possession of cannabis. Rutledge said Delaney allegedly had less than 30 grams of suspected cannabis on him at the time of the arrest.
Rutledge said the other man with Delaney was not arrested. Both men denied being in the area where the shots had reportedly been fired.
Delaney's bond was set at $3,500 in court Saturday. He was expected to be formally charged Monday.