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Aurora man convicted of escaping police

Edward E. Lesure / Phofrom Kane County State's Attorney's office.

Edward E. Lesure / Photo from Kane County State's Attorney's office.

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Updated: November 30, 2012 10:19AM

ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP — An Aurora man was convicted Monday of escaping from a police officer after a traffic and drug stop last year.

Edward E. Lesure, 26, of the 0-99 block of South West Street, was convicted of escape, as well as felony unlawful possession of a controlled substance and resisting a peace officer, by a Kane County jury.

At about 6:30 p.m. July 19, 2011, Lesure was stopped by an Aurora police officer near Lake Street and Arnold Avenue for several traffic violations. As the officer was attempting to obtain identification information, he saw a plastic bag containing a substance that appeared to be cocaine fall from Lesure’s pocket, prosecutors said.

The officer collected the bag, ordered Lesure out of the car and told him he was under arrest. But as Lesure was being handcuffed, he got free and then fled.

A foot chase followed and Lesure was found about 12 minutes later a block from the site of the traffic stop, hiding inside a boat under a cover. A search of Lesure’s car revealed a second bag of narcotics, prosecutors said. The contents of both bags tested positive for cocaine.

Lesure faces six to 30 years in prison, including an enhanced sentencing range because of a criminal history that involves convictions for aggravated robbery and burglary, prosecutors said.

Judge Allen M. Anderson set Lesure’s next court appearance for Aug. 30.

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