Teen charged in early-morning bomb threat

CHAMPAIGN — A Chrisman teen who allegedly called police with a bomb threat in hopes of getting a ride home got a ride elsewhere.

Champaign police spokeswoman Rene Dunn said around 3:45 a.m. Thursday, METCAD sent police to the 1100 block of North Prospect Avenue where a man was waiting to meet with an officer.

The man, identified as Derrick L. McCormick, 19, had allegedly called 911 and made a comment about blowing up the United States of America.

After talking to McCormick and other witnesses, officers learned that McCormick had become separated from friends at a bar and, after the bar closed, had trouble getting home. He then allegedly called in a bomb threat to 911 in hopes of getting a ride home.

Instead, he was arrested for disorderly conduct and given a ride to the county jail in Urbana.

The state's attorney's office filed a Class 4 felony count of disorderly conduct against McCormick Thursday.

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