Deandre M. Davis, 23, of Champaign, was arrested at 2:27 a.m. Sunday near Third and Stoughton streets, Champaign, for driving under the influence of alcohol. Davis’ vehicle initially was stopped because he was driving at night without headlights.
Jalen J. Pierre, 19, of Champaign, and James I. Carter, 21, of Savoy, Illinois, were arrested at 11:34 p.m. Saturday near Fourth Street and University Avenue, Champaign. Pierre and Carter were passengers in a vehicle that initially was stopped because it was illegally parked in the roadway and blocking traffic. Upon approaching the vehicle, an officer smelled an odor of burnt cannabis. This prompted a search of the vehicle, and police found two loaded firearms. One was in Pierre’s pants pocket, and the other in a backpack in the backseat where Carter was sitting. Pierre was arrested for aggravated unlawful use of a firearm. Carter was arrested for unlawful use of a firearm and on a city of Champaign warrant for selling alcohol to a minor. The driver was issued a written warning for illegal parking on a roadway and released.
Desean C. Thomas, 27, of Chicago, was arrested at 5:59 p.m. Saturday at a restaurant in the 1200 block of North Dunlap Avenue, Savoy, Illinois, for possession of a stolen vehicle and on an Iroquois County, Illinois, warrant for failure to appear in court. A license-plate reader alerted a University of Illinois Police officer that a stolen vehicle had just passed through the intersection of Curtis Road and Dunlap Avenue, Savoy. The officer found the vehicle parked at a nearby restaurant. Further investigation indicated that the vehicle had been stolen in Chicago and that Chicago Police had identified Thomas as a suspect. Officers entered the restaurant and found Thomas seated at a table. Kali J. Branchcomb, 23, of Champaign, was seated with him, and police learned she was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear in court. She was issued a new notice to appear for that offense and released. The vehicle, which has an estimated value of $90,000, was taken as evidence.