URBANA — A Champaign man out on bond in a drug case ran from police at a motel in north Urbana on Thursday and was arrested for having cocaine intended for sale.
Urbana police Lt. Bryant Seraphin said Jameson Johnson, 29, who listed an address in the 1500 block of West Kirby Avenue, was arrested by officers of the department's street crimes unit about 2 p.m.
The officers had gone to his room at a motel in the 1900 block of North Cunningham Avenue with a search warrant. Seraphin said as they approached, they saw Johnson step out. When he saw police, he ran through the parking lot and toward a nearby gas station, falling into weeds in a nearby drainage ditch.
Police found about 12 grams of powder cocaine in his room and a scale.
He was arrested and charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. If convicted of the Class 1 felony, he faces penalties upon conviction of up to 15 years in prison.
Johnson had been charged July 31 with possession of a controlled substance, driving under suspension, fleeing and eluding, and resisting a peace officer in connection with his arrest the day before in Champaign. He posted bond Aug. 1 and was told to be back in court on that case Tuesday.