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Antioch police: Intoxicated man on road also had Ecstasy

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A man caught urinating on the road in Antioch was arrested by police after he was found in possession of Ecstasy.

Matthew J. Mathis, 23, of the 24000 block of Nicklaus Way in unincorporated Antioch Township, faces up to 15 years in prison after he was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance following his arrest on Sept. 28 at 2:45 a.m., Antioch Police Chief Craig Somerville said.


Police officers were on patrol when they encountered an intoxicated Mathis urinating in the roadway near the intersection of Main and Lake streets in downtown Antioch, Somerville said.

After he was arrested on charges of being an intoxicated pedestrian in the roadway, police found a plastic baggie containing 22 pills of Ecstasy, one green Clonazepam pill, and .20 grams of cocaine, Somerville said.

Clonazepam is a drug used to treat anxiety disorders, social phobias and panic disorders.

Mathis also had about $300 in cash that was seized by police.

"Urinating in public is not a socially acceptable activity. Doing so while in possession of a pocket full of dope is another matter altogether," Somerville said. "Drug abuse leads to bad decisions and bad decisions often have serious consequences."

In addition to the varying charges of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and pedestrian under influence in the roadway, Mathis was charged with performing a prohibited activity while intoxicated.

He was taken to Lake County bond court Sunday, where he was remanded to the Lake County jail in lieu of $30,000 bail.

His next court date is unknown.

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