Urbana man faces Class X felony charge over gun in car
URBANA — An Urbana man with a history of drug-related convictions who allegedly had a loaded gun in his car Saturday is due back in court in March.
Leavell Allen, 33, who listed an address in the 1200 block of East Green Street, Urbana, remained in the Champaign County jail Tuesday after being charged Monday with being an armed habitual criminal, a Class X felony.
Assistant State's Attorney Lindsey Clark said Champaign police spotted Allen near Market Place Mall on Saturday and knew he was driving on a suspended license and was wanted on a warrant.
As they were making the stop, police saw him and a woman in the passenger seat making quick, furtive movements, she said.
A search of the car turned up a loaded Smith & Wesson 9 mm handgun under the front passenger seat with the butt facing the driver's side.
Because of three prior drug convictions, Allen is not allowed to have a weapon.
He is being held in lieu of $250,000 bond. His next court date is March 19.