MACON COUNTY, IL- Wandtv.com reports that a man involved in a car accident on June 4, 2018, was seen trying to hide a briefcasefull of drugs and a gun just after the crash. Police say 19-year-old Ryan Cornell was driving on Route 121 when he swerved to miss hitting another vehicle. In the attempt,he ended up on a median and his airbags deployed. Immediately following the accident, Cornell exited his vehicle and took out a briefcase and threw it under a tree in a nearby ditch.
When police located the briefcase, they found that it contained a loaded 9 mm gun. The briefcase also had a mug inside with a false bottom that contained meth. About .45 ounces of marijuana were also foundin the case.
Cornell has a previous conviction for meth delivery on his record. The 19-year-old is now facing charges for “armed violence, possession of a weapon by a felon, possession of a stolen firearm and several drugpossession counts.”
Drugs and driving have become a growing problem across the United States. The legalization of marijuana in some states and the opioidcrises has led to many more people driving while impaired by drugs, not just alcohol.
Drugged driving has created complications for investigators because it is not as easy to check for drug impairment as is it to check for alcohol impairment. Many drivers who cause accidents never get tested, and test results can show that a person has taken drugs even long after the drugs are no longer impacting the person’s ability to drive.
Drivers who are committing an underlying crime while driving, like driving with illegal possessions, driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, or drivingwithout a proper license are all more likely to be involved in hit-and-run accidents as well.
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