Attempted traffic stop leads to drug charges for Champaign man

Attempted traffic stop leads to drug charges for Champaign man

URBANA — A Champaign man whom police tried to stop for having a headlight out is in the county jail charged with possessing drugs he intended to sell.

Richie Wills, 45, who listed an address in the 1500 block of Garden Hills, was charged Tuesday with possession with intent to deliver cocaine, driving under revocation, aggravated fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer, and possession of a controlled substance in connection with his early-morning arrest Tuesday.

Assistant State's Attorney Troy Lozar said a Champaign police officer on patrol at Springfield and Prospect avenues about 1:50 a.m. saw a car with a headlight out and attempted to pull it over.

Instead, the driver took off, ran a stop sign on Prospect and eventually crashed near Neil and White streets, hitting two parking meters and a utility pole.

The driver, later identified as Wills, got out of the car and ran.

He was caught nearby and on him, police found almost an ounce (26 grams) of cocaine packaged in several bags and $1,200 cash.

If convicted of the most serious of the charges, Wills faces a mandatory prison term of six to 30 years.

After hearing the facts of the alleged crime and Wills' prior convictions — second-degree murder, aggravated battery, driving under the influence and revocation, obstructing justice, escape, delivery of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of weapons, and domestic battery — Judge John Kennedy set Wills' bond at $75,000.

He waived his right to a probable-cause hearing and was told to be back in court July 31.

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