Man to prison for drug plea in I-74 chase with shots fired

URBANA — A Champaign man who was part of a car chase on Interstate 74 during which shots were fired has been sentenced to prison for having cannabis for sale.

Chainze Tucker, 25, who listed an address in the 300 block of East Church Street, pleaded guilty before Judge Tom Difanis to possession with intent to deliver cannabis.

The charge emanated from Tucker's Sept. 12 arrest in Urbana.

Assistant State's Attorney Stephanie Weber said on that day, Tucker and co-defendant Philemon Dukes, 17, of Champaign, drove together to Danville to buy cannabis and apparently got into an argument with two other people involved in the transaction. All four people ended up in a car chase on Interstate 74, headed from Danville to Urbana, in which shots were fired. No one was hit.

Tucker crashed the Ford Explorer he was driving at the intersection of University Avenue and Guardian Drive in east Urbana and he and Dukes got out and ran. Police found them a few blocks away and arrested them. Police also found just under four ounces (108 grams) of cannabis in a bag just outside the vehicle they had been in.

Tucker was sentenced to three years in prison with credit given him for 161 days already served in the county jail. Weber said Tucker had a prior conviction for robbery. She dismissed an additional count of armed violence against Tucker.

Dukes was sentenced in November to six years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated discharge of a firearm for his role in the melee.

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