Tennessee man charged in Champaign over stolen semi

Tennessee man charged in Champaign over stolen semi

URBANA — A 24-year-old Tennessee man who was allegedly driving a stolen truck that he wrecked in Champaign Sunday remained in the county jail Tuesday.

Sonny J. Hannebohn, 24, of Memphis, was criminally charged in Champaign County Circuit Court Monday with possession of a stolen vehicle, driving under suspension, and possession of drug paraphernalia after his arrest Sunday afternoon in southwest Champaign.

A Champaign police report said officers were called to Prospect Avenue and Windsor Road about 4:25 p.m. for a report of a person driving a semitrailer tractor truck who had hit a stop light at that intersection then bailed out of the truck and ran.

Police found Hannebohn nearby sweating profusely and breathing heavily, the report said. He denied driving the truck and said he was walking in the area waiting for his mother to pick him up. Later, he told police he had been jumping trains to get to Mattoon and had been in downtown Champaign drinking.

The clothing and a backpack that a witness said the fleeing truck driver had on were found in a bush near Hannebohn. He admitted they belonged to him.

A cannabis pipe was found in the bag, the report said. The truck that Hannebohn had jumped from had been stolen earlier from Heritage FS in Gilman.

Hannebohn was told to be back in court June 17. He's being held in lieu of $30,000.

The most serious charge — possession of a stolen vehicle — carries a sentence ranging from probation to three to seven years in prison.

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alabaster jones 71 wrote on May 21, 2014 at 11:05 am
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Sonny Hannebohn!  That is a Tennessee name if I've ever heard one!

Not quite as funny as the esteemed Mr. Balls who was caught stealing catalytic converters from the U-Haul lot on University last year, but still.....a good one.