No refusals at DUI checkpoint
PESOTUM – The Champaign County prosecutors and judge standing by Friday night and Saturday morning to respond to suspected drunk drivers got a pass.
There were only two arrests for driving under the influence as a result of a "no-refusal" safety check in north Urbana between 11 p.m. Friday and 4 a.m. Saturday and both those drivers consented to chemical tests.
That left the assistant state's attorneys who were standing by to get search warrants and the judge prepared to hear the facts to issue them with nothing to do.
A first of its kind in Champaign County, the purpose of the "no-refusal" check was to force suspected drunken drivers who might balk at chemical testing to undergo it by getting a search warrant to force them to give blood or urine samples. Refusal to comply would have resulted in a felony obstructing justice charge.
The road block was set up at the intersection of U.S. 45 and Airport Road on Urbana's north side.
Although Illinois State Police and State's Attorney Julia Rietz had publicized the no-refusal road block before it happened, they did not say in advance where it would be.
A release from state police said besides the DUI arrests, there were also two arrests for possession of drug paraphernalia, one for possession of cannabis, and a person taken in on an outstanding warrant.
Police also issued at least 16 warnings and 24 other citations for such things as driver's license, seat belt and registration violations.