CHAMPAIGN — A noon-time stop Wednesday of a man wanted for questioning in connection with recent shootings in Champaign got the attention of folks in downtown Champaign.
Champaign police Sgt. Dave Griffet said police had been wanting to speak with Wardell Dockery, 19, of Champaign, and spotted him getting into a car shortly before noon.
Griffet said police surrounded the car on Walnut Street between Chester and Taylor streets with their own vehicles and got out with guns drawn to make sure the driver and two passengers complied with police commands.
“These guys have a history of fleeing from police. We knew the risk of flight,” he said. “We were trying to take every precaution.”
Dockery was wanted on two outstanding traffic warrants in cases charging him with driving under suspension. Court records show he had failed to make court appearances on June 28 and Monday. He also has a pending drug and weapons case stemming from his arrest last November.
Dockery was listed as one of the people who had been shot at on June 8 in the 1200 block of West Bradley Avenue. Dushawn J. Bradley, 24, of Champaign, has been criminally charged with aggravated unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon in connection with that.
Griffet said police impounded the car the trio was in. The driver was wanted on a city ordinance violation. He also didn’t have a valid license, Griffet said. The other man was identified and released.