Champaign man facing four drug, battery charges

URBANA — A Champaign man who allegedly had drugs on him when he ran from police has been charged with multiple felonies.

Urbana police Sgt. Dan Morgan said police were sent to the 800 block of West Florida Avenue about 9 p.m. Tuesday to help with a car that had run out of gas in the street.

Police discovered that Antwan Brown, 28, of the 1300 block of Comanche Drive was in the car. He was wanted on a warrant issued by the Department of Corrections, Morgan said.

As police began to arrest him on that warrant, Brown allegedly fought with them, broke free and ran. Police chased him and caught him within moments, Morgan said. In Brown's path of flight, they found a plastic bag containing three smaller plastic bags. Two of the bags contained drugs that field-tested positive as heroin and crack cocaine.

Brown was charged Wednesday with two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance for allegedly possessing the drugs. Morgan said the heroin weighed 1.6 grams and the cocaine weighed the same amount.

He was also charged with two counts of aggravated battery to a police officer for shoving the officers as he ran. Morgan said neither officer was injured.

If convicted of the drug charges, Brown faces penalties ranging from six to 30 years in prison. The drug charges are Class X felonies because Brown allegedly had the drugs within 1,000 feet of Illini Grove, a public park, on South Lincoln Avenue.

Judge John Kennedy set Brown's bond at $50,000. He is due back in court Dec. 6.

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