DECATUR — Stop sticks were used on a fleeing vehicle early Thursday, resulting in an arrest and a preliminary drug charge for a 31-year-old man who was in possession of a white, powdery substance, police said.

Detective Sgt. Steve Carroll of the Decatur Police Department said officers attempted to do a traffic stop of the man's vehicle because his tail lights were not functioning. The man continued driving, attempting to elude officers, he said.

Carroll said stop sticks were thrown in front of the man's vehicle, which eventually was stopped in the 2000 block of East Whitmer, where he was arrested.

The suspect was found to have a white, powdery substance in his possession, folded in a piece of paper, Carroll said. Officers presumed this to be cocaine, but the suspect said it was crushed Vicodin, Carroll said.

The man later told police it was cocaine, so the substance was sent to the Illinois State Police Crime Lab for testing, Carroll said.

The man faces preliminary charges of possession of a controlled substance, aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude police and for driving on a revoked or suspended license, which are subject to review by the Macon County State's Attorney's Office.

The man was released from the Macon County Jail after posting $4,000 bond. 

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Contact Kennedy Nolen at (217) 421-6985. 


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