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Downstate Pee Break Ultimately Leads To Federal Conviction

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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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