Downstate Pee Break Ultimately Leads To Federal Conviction

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (CBS) — A downstate man picked the wrong place for a pee break back in November, as it has now led to his arrest and conviction on federal drug and weapons charges.

On Nov. 17, Charles Christian, 30, of East St. Louis, was spotted urinating on some weeds in the downstate town of Brooklyn, Ill.

When officers approached, Christian ran away, then led them on a high-speed chase in his vehicle.

Police eventually caught up to Christian and arrested him, and found a bag of marijuana in his pocket, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. After retracing his path, police also found a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol and a bag of crack cocaine.

After a two-day trial, he was convicted by a jury Wednesday two illegal gun possession charges, and possession of marijuana and crack, the Post-Dispatch reported.

Christian has past convictions for drug and gun-related crimes, the Post-Dispatch reported. When he is sentenced in June, Christian faces up to 26 years in prison.

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  • Servo

    “Pee Break”!? Really, guys?

  • PC Police

    Do you have a better euphomism for it Servo?

    Perhaps urniation emancipation?

    I know what a pee break is. You know what a pee break is.

    How PC do you want to get?

  • Y.Z.

    Servo is right. It does read a bit awkwardy. And why is this news?

  • J.C.

    How about using …… “Urination leads to pending Federal incarceration”?

  • E.C.

    Must have been a slow November down in East St. Louis…

  • jc99ta

    More like a “High Pee’d Chase” if you ask me…

  • If Its Nice Out Leave It Out

    When the driver ran to his car, did he stow it and zip first?.

  • Joe Patroni

    If this were Cook County, they would just be sent to the Criminal Trial Felony Court Diversion Program. A new program that allows criminals to get thier “virtual GED” and then their case will be dismissed and wiped off the books. There is no longer a deterrent to comitting crimes in Cook County. Cal the County Board Members.

  • Evergreen Park

    I agree about the lapse in journalistic standards, but this is the internet afterall. It just sounds like a fifth grader wrote it.

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