URBANA – A Mansfield man who allegedly broke a police officer’s nose when he was arrested Wednesday for allegedly having an assault rifle in his vehicle is in Champaign County Jail.
On Friday, Champaign County prosecutors filed seven new offenses against Carson Kasbergen, 23, who was formerly from Mahomet.
Prosecutors also tried to revoke the parole for possession of cannabis plants in 2019 and detain him without commitment.
They also plan to file for the loss of two vehicles that he allegedly drove recently and have already filed for the loss of a third.
Prosecutor Lauren McQueen told Judge Adam Dill that the new criminal charges were due to Kasbergen’s arrest on Wednesday.
Just before 4 p.m. that day, she said an employee of a detailing company in West Champaign found an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle wrapped in a blanket under a bench on the back of a Kasbergen-registered jeep gladiator and contacted police.
McQueen said the Kasbergen gun owner’s ID has been revoked on a previous crime conviction. There was also a fully loaded 30-round magazine for the rifle in the jeep.
Kasbergen’s driver’s license is suspended and he has been wanted on three arrest warrants – driving under the influence in 2019, possession of cannabis plants in 2019, and intensified fleeing and evasion in 2020, driving under the influence and driving under suspension.
McQueen said police were waiting for the deal when Kasbergen arrived in a Chevrolet Suburban to pick up his jeep. The police asked him for identification when he walked in and he said he worked there and then left the lobby.
Cop James Hobson was outside shouting to see if he was Carson. He replied, “No sir,” and went on to the suburb. Hobson told Kasbergen to stop for fear of having a gun in the vehicle.
Identified as Kasbergen, the man responded by brandishing Hobson with one closed fist and breaking his nose. Hobson put him in the vehicle until other officers could take him into custody.
A search in the Suburban found a brown paper bag in the back seat containing more than 1,700 grams of cannabis products packed in 23 sealed bags. Kasbergen’s pass was also in the vehicle.
Based on these facts, Kasbergen was charged on Friday for heavy battery charges against a peace officer, possession with intent to supply cannabis, possession of cannabis, illegal use of weapons by a criminal, aggravated illegal use of a weapon and two suspected driving cases.
Most serious is a peace officer’s battery, which carries a suspended sentence of four to 15 years in prison.
Kasbergen was sentenced to one year parole in late August for defying a peace officer for disrupting a traffic obstruction by a deputy sheriff’s deputy involving his roommate in October 2019.
Another charge of threatening an officer with alleged statements made to the MP who put him in jail for harming the MP’s children and one of suspended driving were dismissed in exchange for his request.
As part of the same negotiated settlement, Kasbergen was sentenced to two years probation as a first-time offender after pleading guilty to possessing cannabis sativa plants grown at his Mahomet home in December 2019.
On Friday, Assistant State Attorney Chris McCallum filed an amended petition to revoke that parole because Kasbergen allegedly had gun and cannabis products and beat Hobson on Wednesday, as well as crimes he allegedly committed in September 2020.
On September 14, Kasbergen allegedly exacerbated the escape from a Mahomet police officer when he drove well over the speed limit in his Lamborghini in the city and on Interstate 74. Driving while your driver’s license has been suspended due to a previous DUI arrest; and disorderly behavior over alleged phone calls in a false police report that his Lamborghini had been stolen.
On September 26, Kasbergen allegedly committed disorderly behavior by exposing his genitals to a neighbor who wanted to talk to him about his dog that was walking at large in the neighborhood.
McCallum was ready to argue to Dill that Kasbergen should be held without bail for violating probation rules, which state that he cannot use drugs, alcohol, or possess a weapon.
The application submitted by McCallum states that despite completing a 90-day inpatient rehabilitation program from January 2020, Kasbergen was charged again with aggravated DUI in September, later failed to report to probation for a drug test and did not undergo intensive outpatient treatment on probation recommended.
Kasbergen told the judge that he intended to hire champagne attorney Steve Sarm, who has represented him in other open cases, on his new case.
Sarm was absent on Friday and assistant defense attorney Lindsey Yanchus said she was unwilling to proceed with the application for Kasbergen’s arrest without bail and asked for a continuation. Dill has set the case for Monday, so Kasbergen will remain detained until a bond has been established.
McCallum, who previously filed a petition to forfeit the Kasbergen Lamborghini for the state, said he plans to file similar petitions next week for the 2020 Jeep Gladiator and 2018 Chevrolet Suburban related to the car detailing incident on Wednesday Shop were involved.
He will claim they may expire because Kasbergen continued to drive them when his license was suspended and because he has two pending DUI cases.