Rantoul man faces fifth DUI

RANTOUL — A Rantoul man arrested a fifth time for driving under the influence of alcohol is being held in the Champaign County Jail on $250,0000 bond.

State's Attorney Julia Rietz said Rantoul police arrested William Crosby, 38, of the 1400 block of South Pointe Drive, about 1 a.m. Friday at his home after police were forced to use a Taser on him.

Rietz said an officer on patrol first saw Crosby make a wide turn from Wheat Avenue on to Enterprise Drive, then cross the center line. The officer tried to stop Crosby by activating his lights, but Crosby continued on a few blocks to his home, where he got out of his vehicle.

Rietz said Crosby allegedly disobeyed the officer's order to get back into his sport utility vehicle and instead ran for the front door.

Crosby was allegedly trying to close the door on the officer when the officer got out his Taser and used it on Crosby.

Rantoul police Sgt. Marcus Beach said even after being zapped the first time with the Taser, Crosby continued to kick and push the door shut on the officer, who used the Taser a second time along with a shot of pepper spray.

Crosby then complied, and because he smelled of alcohol and had slurred speech was arrested.

After being at the Rantoul police station awhile, he asked to be taken to the hospital.

Beach said while at Provena Covenant Medical Center with Crosby, an officer found a white chunky substance in Crosby's cigarette package that field-tested positive for the presence of cocaine.

Because of four prior convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol since 1994, Crosby was charged with aggravated DUI. He was also charged with the less serious offense of possession of cocaine.

If convicted of the DUI, he faces a mandatory prison term of between four and 30 years.

Judge Richard Klaus told Crosby to be back in court on May 1.

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areader wrote on March 10, 2012 at 6:03 am

Five times is enough!  Put this guy away!  Get him off the roads NOW!