Posted Online: Nov. 21, 2012, 11:13 pm

Coal Valley man found with cannabis after hit-and-run

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By Rachel Warmke rwarmke@qconline.com

A Coal Valley man police said was found with 300 grams of cannabis after being involved in a hit-and-run on Saturday has been charged with felony counts of unlawful possession with intent to deliver cannabis and unlawful possession of cannabis.

Nathanial James Bessert, 22, of 142 W. 9th St. in Coal Valley, made his initial appearance on Tuesday in Rock Island County Circuit Court and also was issued traffic tickets for leaving the scene of an accident and failing to give information after striking an unattended vehicle.

Officers were dispatched shortly before 9 p.m. on Saturday to Crabby's Bar & Grill, at 826 W. 1st Ave in Coal Valley, after an individual said his vehicle had been backed into by another vehicle which had then driven off, said Coal Valley Police Chief Mark Poulos.

The driver was later identified by police as Mr. Bessert, who was located a short time later at a mobile homein the area of West 9th Street in Coal Valley, the captain said.

While speaking with him, Chief Poulos said officers discovered Mr. Bessert in possession of more than 300 grams of suspected cannabis.

Mr. Bessert was subsequently arrested and later released from the Rock Island County Jail on Tuesday after posting ten percent of a $30,000 bond. He is due to appear Tuesday for a preliminary hearing.