Wanted man arrested on weapons charges

Wanted man arrested on weapons charges

URBANA — A Champaign man who failed to turn himself in to begin serving a prison sentence in December was arrested by Champaign police in that city Tuesday for having a loaded weapon.

State's Attorney Julia Rietz said Champaign police officers knew that Aaron Jamerson, 23, who listed an address in the 1700 block of Scottsdale Drive, had two outstanding warrants — one for failure to appear to begin serving his two-year prison sentence for aggravated fleeing from a police officer and another for driving under suspension.

Rietz said an officer spotted Jamerson in the 900 block of North Fourth Street on Tuesday and saw him hide behind a house. Officers then began chasing him on foot, ordering him to stop, but he didn't. The pursuit led them through backyards and over fences. Along the way, an officer saw him pitch a dark item into a yard in the 400 block of East Eureka Street.

Police found the item and learned it was a loaded 9 mm handgun.

Jamerson was finally caught in the 900 block of North Fifth Street and arrested.

On Wednesday, he was charged with aggravated unlawful use of weapons and unlawful possession of weapon by a felon. If convicted of the more serious charge, he faces penalties of six to 30 years in prison.

Judge John Kennedy set his bond on the new charges at $500,000 but also ordered that Jamerson be sent to the Department of Corrections to begin serving the sentence he received in November on the aggravated fleeing charge.

Court records show Jamerson has other convictions for resisting a peace officer, aggravated battery to a peace officer and unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.

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