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Dixon man sought in hit-and-run; two other felony cases pending

DIXON – Police are looking for a 22-year-old Dixon man they say fled the scene of a traffic crash with injuries.

Justin M. Charleston was driving a four-door sedan around 12:54 a.m. on June 6 when he hit a utility pole in the 1000 block of South Galena Avenue. His passenger was injured and hospitalized; Charleston fled, police said in a news release.

He was charged June 12 in Lee County Court with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, punishable by 3 to 7 years in prison, aggravated reckless driving, which carries 1 to 4 years, and several traffic infractions. A warrant is issued for his arrest.

Charleston also was charged in April 2017 with possession of a controlled substance, which carries 1 to 4 years, and that August with being a felon in possession of a firearm and without a FOID card, each of which carries 2 to 5 years. He posted $1,000 of his $10,000 bond in the first case, and $5,000 of his $50,000 bond in the second.

He also faces two counts of domestic battery and two of endangering the life of a child, all misdemeanors, in a June 2017 case. He has a pretrial conference July 27.

He is on probation in a 2014 felony burglary case, and a petition to revoke his probation has been filed.

Because he failed to appear at a pretrial hearing Thursday in the first three cases, he faces forfeiture of his bond payments.

Anyone with information on Charleston’s whereabouts is asked to call Dixon police at 815-288-4411 or the anonymous reward hotline, Lee-Ogle Crime Stoppers, at 888-228-4488.

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