McBride pleads to guilty to DUI

URBANA – University of Illinois basketball player Richard McBride faces up to a year in the county jail after pleading guilty this afternoon to misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol.

McBride, 22, a senior from Springfield, appeared this afternoon before Champaign County Judge Rich Klaus, with attorney Mark Lipton of Champaign and Assistant UI Basketball Coach Wayne McClain.

He admitted that on Sept. 29, he drove his car north in the 3100 block of South First Street at a time when his blood-alcohol level was 0.18 percent, more than twice the 0.08 limit for an Illinois motorist to be presumed intoxicated.

Assistant State's Attorney Stephanie Weber said a Champaign County sheriff's deputy noticed McBride weaving across the center line and stopped the car. The deputy noticed an odor of alcohol. McBride told the deputy he had consumed two beers, the prosecutor said.

McBride did field sobriety tests which indicated he was impaired, Weber said. He later submitted to chemical testing.

McBride lives in the 100 block of Sterling Court, Savoy, the apartment complex at the southwest corner of First Street and Curtis Road.i

Klaus set sentencing for May 1. McBride faces penalties ranging from a fine of $500 to $2,500 and up to 364 days in the county jail. Weber said she will dismiss the ticket McBride received for improper lane usage.

McBride served a six-game suspension following his arrest, two exhibition and four regular season contests.

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