Man sentenced for using weapons while intoxicated

By Nick Walton -

A man charged with using weapons while intoxicated pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge this week.

According to the Champaign County Municipal Court’s website, Travis C.E. Pearson, 29, was placed on community control for one year Wednesday after pleading guilty to the charge.

On May 14, the Urbana Police Division were told a despondent male with suicidal thoughts had said he planned to harm himself. This was first reported by a family member to the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office, which responded to Pearson’s residence and notified the Urbana police of the call.

Initially, an Urbana police supervisor used the police radio public address system to give directions to the man inside the home to peacefully surrender. Pearson initially went outside, but refused to comply with the commands of the on-scene police supervisor. Telephone contact with the man was established, and he agreed to exit the home and surrender to officers.

Police found Pearson had a loaded AR-15 rifle out inside the home along with several bullets and person items associated with what he was distressed about. He had been drinking and appeared intoxicated.

Charges of inducing panic and disorderly conduct were dismissed.

As part of community control, Pearson was fined $200, had 25 days of a 45-day jail sentence suspended, and is prohibited from having weapons or firearms in his possession. He is also prohibited from using alcohol or drugs of abuse and is subject to screening.

By Nick Walton

Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.

Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.

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