EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) -- Maybe Charles Christian's decision to urinate on some weeds wasn't such a good idea.
Five months after authorities in southwestern Illinois found him relieving himself, the 30-year-old East St. Louis man was convicted Wednesday of federal drug and weapons charges tied to his ensuing effort to flee.
Christian was arrested Nov. 17 after officers spotted him urinating in weeds in Brooklyn. When officers approached, Christian ran away, then led them on a high-speed chase in his vehicle.
After arresting Christian, investigators retraced his route and discovered a loaded .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol and a bag of crack cocaine. Officers also found marijuana on him and in his vehicle.
Christian faces up to 26 years in prison when he's sentenced in June.
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