Hearing set for man allegedly using drugs while driving


An arraignment hearing is scheduled April 25 in the Champaign County Municipal Court for a man accused of snorting a pill while driving.

Joshua W. McDargh, 36, of 4849 Cedar Creek Road, Urbana, was charged with fifth degree felony possession of a controlled substance in addition to misdemeanor charges of operating a vehicle under the influence and two endangering children charges stemming from an April 16 incident.

A police report from the Urbana Police Division states around 11:32 a.m. on that date, the Champaign County dispatch center received a call regarding a reckless driver.

The caller reported following a vehicle from west of city limits to the intersection of Pindar Street and Russell Street. The caller stated the vehicle went left of the center line several times and entered into the opposing lane as well as running off the left side of the road while turning from Oakland Street onto Pindar Street in town.

Police stopped the vehicle on Mosgrove Street. The driver of the vehicle, McDargh, was reportedly speaking with slow slurred speech. While speaking to McDargh, police observed small amounts of white powder under and on his nose.

When questioned about the powder, McDargh reportedly began to rub his nose, causing more powder to fall out. He initially denied that the powder was drugs and stated it was dust from changing a kitty litter box.

Police conducted a field sobriety test and, based on the testing, McDargh was placed under arrest for operating a vehicle under the influence.

A short time later, McDargh admitted he had crushed a Vicodin tablet and snorted it using a $1 bill. McDargh had had two children with him at the time of the stop who were released to a relative following McDargh’s arrest.

By Nick Walton

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

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