Speeding stop leads to multiple charges

Speeding stop leads to multiple charges

URBANA — A Champaign man who caught the attention of police by allegedly speeding has been charged with several felony offenses.

Assistant State's Attorney Duke Harris said Matthew West, 30, who listed an address in the 2400 block of Curtis Road, was stopped by an Illinois state trooper about 10:40 p.m. Wednesday in the 2400 block of Curtis Road for speeding.

A drug-sniffing dog alerted to the presence of drugs in the car, Harris said.

West admitted to the trooper that he had earlier smoked cannabis.

Harris said after West's arrest for driving under the influence, a search of his vehicle turned up cannabis, cocaine and a loaded pistol, Harris said.

West was charged with armed violence, possession with intent to deliver cocaine, unlawful use of weapon by a felon and aggravated DUI. If convicted of the most serious of the offenses, he faces between six and 30 years in prison.

Judge John Kennedy set West's bond at $250,000 and ordered him to be back in court Sept. 20 with a lawyer.

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