A 23-year-old Champaign man who raced away from Riverside police at speeds topping 90 mph early on Monday was drunk, high and transporting a large amount of cannabis, police reported on Tuesday.
At the time of his arrest, he was also out on bond for a prior downstate felony arrest involving a loaded handgun.
Ashton T. Adger III was charged with felony aggravated fleeing and eluding police, felony unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver, driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol and several other offenses after police found him hiding in a dumpster behind a building at 7310 39th St. in Lyons.
Police responded to the intersection of Harlem Avenue and East Burlington Street at about 1:15 a.m. on Oct. 13 after receiving several 911 calls about a man passed out behind the wheel of a 2014 Nissan passenger car that had stopped for a train in the right lane of southbound Harlem Avenue.
After police pounded on the car window for a time, the driver, later identified as Adger, woke up and rolled down the window. Police reported that Adger appeared confused and told officers he was headed to an apartment complex in Urbana.
Police reported observing the smell of alcohol on Adger’s breath and a strong smell of cannabis coming from the car.
When police asked him to step out of his vehicle, Adger allegedly shifted the car into gear and took off southbound toward Ogden Avenue, reaching speeds up to 96 mph, according to police.
After turning east onto 39th Street, Adger reportedly parked directly in front of a bar in the 7200 block, got out of the vehicle and fled on foot. After finding the vehicle, police set up a perimeter and began searching the area.
A Riverside police officer reported finding Adger at the bottom of a trash-filled dumpster nearby, just minutes after he fled from police. Adger was still clutching the keys to the Nissan, said Police Chief Thomas Weitzel.
Inside the car police reported recovering 140 grams of cannabis and $785 in cash. Officers also walked the path Adger drove as he tried to get away from police, finding additional cannabis along the way. All of the cannabis was packaged in individual bags for sale, said police.
Two months ago, Adger was charged with armed violence and possession of cannabis with intent to deliver in Champaign. On Aug. 18 at 9 p.m., someone called police after observing a man trying to steal a bicycle from a residence. Police detained a suspect matching the description, who turned out to be Adger, in a nearby alley.
Police reported recovering 45 grams of cannabis from Adger’s backpack, drug paraphernalia and a loaded .22-caliber handgun. A downstate judge set Adger’s bond at $25,000. Adger pleaded not guilty to those charges on Aug. 26 and last appeared in court in Champaign on Oct. 7, where his attorney filed a motion to continue the case.