Man busted for pot during roadside bathroom break ordered to pay $18,400

Man busted for pot during roadside bathroom break ordered to pay $18,400

URBANA — A Tennessee man who stopped on a county road near Seymour to relieve himself has been ordered to pay more than $18,000 in fines for the cannabis that police found in his car.

Justin Falk, 28, of Memphis pleaded guilty Monday before Judge Heidi Ladd to possession with intent to deliver cannabis, a Class 1 felony.

The charge stemmed from his arrest on May 17, 2017, by an Illinois State trooper who happened upon a car that Falk and co-defendant Christopher Kesler, 28, also of Memphis, were near on County Road 300 E just south of Illinois 10.

An off-duty trooper saw the car stopped in the middle of the road and a man urinating in a nearby field. As the trooper approached, he saw open alcohol on the roadside and could smell burning cannabis.

A search of the car turned up about 5 pounds of cannabis in two suitcases in the trunk.

Falk and Kesler said they were on their way from Michigan to Florida and were taking a bathroom break.

Falk was sentenced to 30 months of conditional discharge and ordered to pay about $18,400 in fines, fees and costs. He apparently had no prior convictions.

The sentence is the same that Kesler received when he pleaded guilty in January.

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ROB McCOLLEY wrote on March 19, 2018 at 4:03 pm
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Is there a Darwin Award for non-lethal stupidity?

jparks wrote on March 19, 2018 at 9:03 pm

I was leaning towards an $18,400 fine and 15 years in prison.

If you want the bad behavior to stop, make the punishment severe enough that potential offenders won't take the chance.

welive wrote on March 20, 2018 at 1:03 pm

you are correct.SO make it legal.

 

champaign61821 wrote on March 20, 2018 at 1:03 pm

Why spend Illinois taxpayer dollars to put an out-of-state resident in prison for marijauna? Collect the fine and send him back to Tennessee.

jparks wrote on March 21, 2018 at 8:03 am

"Why spend Illinois taxpayer dollars to put an out-of-state resident in prison for marijauna?"

I would consider it an investment in our future.  Illinois could and would soon be known as a state in which you don't want to bring your criminal activity, which is better for all of us including our grandchildren and their grandchildren.