One of Pekin’s most prolific felons has apparently chosen to flee rather than face prosecution that could imprison him yet again.
Wade Bonk, 39, has been sentenced to a total of nearly 26 years on 10 felony convictions dating back two decades, all but one of them for violent acts that include a racial hate crime and two domestic batteries.
He posted $1,500 in cash bonds on the two felonies filed after his arrest last December for allegedly possessing meth with intent to deliver.
Bonk forfeited that sum when he failed to appear in court Monday. He’s now sought on an arrest warrant.
In all, Bonk has logged 36 court convictions, including nine misdemeanors as well as traffic and city ordinance offenses. He stayed out of trouble for half a year after finishing his latest prison term for three felonies stemming from a high-speed police chase five years ago.
In the first drug-related case against him, he was charged in December with possessing 18 packets of methamphetamine packaged for delivery when an officer stopped him for driving with a revoked license as a repeat offense. Bonk reportedly told police he was delivering the drugs to a person on Derby Street.
He faces up to a combined 10-year term if he’s convicted in those cases. Paroles in his previous felonies reduced his prison incarcerations to about 13 years.
Among Bonk’s past convictions was one for aggravated unlawful restraint of his girlfriend, whom he threatened with a knife, and one for punching an African-American man in a tavern. He also was questioned in connection with two murders but was not charged.
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