URBANA — The Champaign County state's attorney's office elected not to file criminal charges against an Urbana teen who showed up to an undercover drug deal in a stolen vehicle Wednesday.
Urbana police Sgt. Dan Morgan said members of the street crimes unit had arranged to meet someone for a controlled buy of drugs on South Philo Road on Wednesday afternoon.
After finishing the deal about 1:50 p.m., the vehicle left. Morgan said officers then ran the license plate of the vehicle the three men were in and realized it had been reported stolen from Champaign some time earlier.
Police then set up a second drug transaction about an hour later. When they tried to stop the vehicle, a 2008 Toyota Rav 4, it fled, Morgan said. Police found it a short time later at Smith Road and Florida Avenue but no one was in it.
Jamonte Hill, 18, of the 1000 block of Geraldine Street, who had been in the vehicle during the initial drug purchase, was seen walking away and was arrested for motor vehicle theft.
Assistant State's Attorney Lindsey Clark opted Thursday not to file charges against Hill, saying there was nothing in the report that suggested Hill knew the vehicle was stolen, an element of the offense she would have to prove.
Morgan said the drug case remains under investigation.