URBANA — Two Champaign men were expected to be criminally charged Friday in connection with an alleged shooting that happened somewhere between Danville and Urbana on Interstate 74.
About 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Vermilion County 911 operators alerted Illinois State Police to the possibility that shots had been fired from one vehicle at another that was headed west. A man in one of the vehicles reported he had been robbed at gunpoint, drove off and was being chased.
Both vehicles got off the interstate in east Urbana at the University Avenue exit and shortly thereafter, one, a sport utility vehicle, crashed into a utility pole at the intersection of University Avenue and Guardian Drive. The occupants got out and ran but were caught nearby at the Urbana Champaign Friends Meeting house, 1904 E. Main St, U.
Arrested were Philemon D. Dukes, 17, who listed an address in the 1400 block of Mittendorf Drive, and Chainze Q. Tucker, 24, who listed an address in the 300 block of East Church Street.
The other car apparently got back on I-74 and continued west but was stopped by police at a service station in Mahomet. The occupants were questioned and released.
Because of the report that shots had been fired on the interstate, representatives of several area police departments turned out to assist Thursday evening. About 20 police cars were present on University where the SUV crashed.
Dukes and Tucker were arrested on preliminary charges of armed violence and possession of less than 500 grams of cannabis. However, State's Attorney Julia Rietz said it would likely be Friday before charges were filed.
No one from Illinois State Police was available Thursday morning to answer questions about the incident.