Police: Meth found on men after car chase

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Eric Fortner, 34 Eric Fortner, 34
Caleb Reber, 35 Caleb Reber, 35

TAYLORVILLE, Ill. (WAND) – Two men are facing meth possession charges in Christian County.

The suspects are 34-year-old Eric Fortner and 35-year-old man Caleb Reber, who are both from Taylorville. On Monday, Kincaid police started chasing a car when its driver sped away from an attempted traffic stop. The car moved through Jeiseyville, when officers say Reber jumped out with two backpacks and ran. Kincaid officers followed him.

A press release says Fortner kept speeding and ended up in Langleyville. Police say they chased him on foot and arrested him, then took Reber into custody several hours later.

“These subjects operated in Taylorville and were a main source of poisoning our communities in Christian County,” said Kincaid Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler. “Chief Wheeler wants to stress drugs are in every small community. It takes proactive patrol and community engagement to get these dealers off the street.”

Christian County deputies, the Illinois State Police Task Force, Taylorville police and Morrisonville police helped with the arrests. Kincaid police initially began tracking the car after setting up surveillance and watching “suspicious activity” at an unspecified location.

Police say they found close to 9 ounces of meth on the men, multiple cell phones and drug paraphernalia. They say the drugs are with several thousand dollars.

Fortner faces charges of aggravated fleeing and eluding, possession of meth and possession with intent to deliver. Reber is facing the same possession charges. Fortner’s bond is set at $300,000, while Reber’s is at $200,000.

Each drug charge is a Class X felony and could mean up to 70 years behind bars.

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