Champaign man faces DUI, gun, forgery charges after speeding arrest

Champaign man faces DUI, gun, forgery charges after speeding arrest

URBANA — A Champaign man arrested for speeding early Wednesday morning was charged with more serious crimes after police found he smelled of alcohol and had counterfeit money and a gun in his car.

Atlee Hardesty, 28, who listed an address in the 3700 block of Sandstone Drive, Champaign, was charged Wednesday with aggravated driving under the influence, unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon and forgery.

Assistant State's Attorney Sarah Perry said about 12:20 a.m., a Mahomet police officer clocked a car going 102 mph on a county road and followed it to a driveway on U.S. 150.

The officer reported that the driver, identified as Hardesty, initially tried to walk away.

He smelled of alcohol, slurred his speech and was unsteady on his feet, the officer reported.

The officer noted an open alcohol container in Hardesty's car and said a search found four counterfeit $100 bills and a gun in the console.

Because of prior convictions for driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident, Hardesty is not allowed to have guns.

Judge John Kennedy set his bond at $25,000 and told him to be back in court July 3.

If convicted of the more serious charges, Hardesty faces penalties ranging from probation to two to 10 years in prison.

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