URBANA — An Atwood woman who drove drunk the wrong way on an interstate highway in Champaign County more than a year ago has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.
Elisabeth Anderson , 34, pleaded guilty Thursday before Judge Tom Difanis to aggravated driving under the influence, admitting that her drunken driving caused a crash that injured Karen Smith, 43, of Paducah, Ken.
Assistant State's Attorney Andrea Bergstrom said about 2:20 a.m. on March 23, 2010, Anderson was driving south in the northbound lanes of I-57 near Tolono when her car collided with Smith's.
Bergstrom said Smith sustained a broken heel and a fractured tailbone in the crash but has recovered from the injuries.
Anderson's blood-alcohol concentration was 0.25 percent, Bergstrom said, about three times the limit for an Illinois motorist to be presumed intoxicated.
Bergstrom said Anderson had no prior convictions. She was given credit for 59 days already served in jail and was fined just over $700.
In other DUI cases resolved Thursday in Champaign County Circuit Court:
— Anthony Hunt, 51, of Chicago, was sentenced by Judge Richard Klaus to three years in prison and fined $1,000 for aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol.
In April he pleaded guilty, admitting that on Jan. 16, he drove his vehicle into a decorative rock in a yard in the 600 block of Pfeffer Road in Urbana then left. A sheriff's deputy located him later at his mother's home on Sunrise Drive about a block from the crash.
Bergstrom said Hunt had reportedly been cooking food on a stove and fell asleep. His mother awoke to the sound of a smoke detector and went outside. Deputies found Hunt and his damaged vehicle. He refused to submit to breath tests, she said.
Court records showed he had three prior drug-related convictions and another for criminal trespass to vehicle.
— Eric Ludvigsen, 38, of East St. Louis, was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for aggravated DUI by Klaus. He had earlier pleaded guilty to driving in Rantoul on Nov. 21, 2010, at a time when he was under the influence of alcohol.
Bergstrom said he failed to stop at a stop sign at Congress Avenue and Garrard Street. He admitted to Rantoul police he had consumed at least four drinks earlier and had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.11 percent.
Court records show Ludvigsen had 17 prior traffic convictions and was wanted by St. Clair County authorities for two pending DUI cases.
He also pleaded guilty to driving under suspension, admitting he did so on I-57 on Jan. 3, while out on bond in the DUI. Klaus sentenced him to 300 days in jail on that but allowed him to serve it at the same time as his sentence for the aggravated DUI.
— Bruce Graves, 47, who listed an address in the 2000 block of Staley Road, Champaign, was sentenced to five years in prison for aggravated DUI. A jury convicted him in April.
Bergstrom said the charge stemmed from a May 2, 2009, incident in which Graves reportedly disobeyed a stop sign on Staley Road at Windsor in Champaign. He was pulled over in his own driveway, where he showed impairment and refused a breath test.
Bergstrom said Graves had two prior convictions for DUI and others for possession of a controlled substance and obstructing justice.