DECATUR – Cartavious Farrington, 29, of Decatur is facing narcotics dealing counts carrying Class X sentences of up to 80 years in prison after he allegedly was found in possession of cocaine and cash at the scene of a crash scene after leading police on a high-speed chase.
Farrington, who is being held in jail on $200,000 bond, was allegedly observed by a Decatur patrol officer as he drove a gray Buick Lucerne about 9 p.m. March 14, heading south in the northbound lanes of North 18th Street.
When officer Adam Siefman attempted to conduct a traffic stop a few blocks away on North 22nd Street, “the driver rapidly accelerated eastbound,” then headed south on 22nd Street, said a probable cause affidavit by Siefman.
The driver reached speeds over 80 mph in residential zones, with speed limits of 30 or 35 mph, driving over a curb after one turn and running through a red light without slowing down at North Jasper and East Condit streets.
As he drove west into the Wabash Crossing neighborhood on Condit, Farrington “wrecked his vehicle by driving over a concrete barrier,” which caused his two front tires to point outward. The Buick proceeded across a grassy area, then crashed into a tree.
When Farrington was approached in his vehicle, his driver's window was open. A plastic bag containing 24 grams of crack cocaine was found in the vehicle. K-9 handler Kyle Daniels and his dog Aldo located four bags of cocaine in the nearby snow-covered grassy area, along the flight path of the vehicle.
The total of 124 grams of cocaine found in the five bags has a street value of about $12,400. Police also found Farrington in possession of $700 cash and two cellphones.
Farrington, who has four prior felony convictions in narcotics cases, was arraigned Friday on one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, with a prior conviction of that offense, and possession of a controlled substance with a prior conviction of that offense.
Because of his prior convictions, the possible penalties in this case are nine to 80 years in prison for the dealing count and six to 30 years for the possession count.
He is due in court Friday to present his attorney.