Man ticketed in van crash

SADORUS — A Monticello man who drove a van into a creek in southwestern Champaign County on Wednesday afternoon has been ticketed for driving under the influence.

Champaign County sheriff's Lt. Greg Mills said Jeffrey Allen, 42, was also ticketed for driving under revocation after the van he was driving south on County Road 300 E ended up in a rain-swollen creek about 3 miles west of Sadorus.

Both Allen and his passenger, Kelli Cass, 34, of Springfield, were taken to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana following the accident about 2:15 p.m.

Cass, who owns the van, was treated and released. Allen was also treated and released and told to appear in court June 1.

The van ended up submerged in about 3 to 4 feet of water, Mills said, after Allen apparently failed to negotiate a couple of S-curves just before a bridge. The van went past the bridge and airborne for several feet before going down into the creek, Mills said.

Cass walked about a quarter-mile to a nearby house to summon help and was quite upset and incoherent initially. By the time deputies got to the wreckage, Allen was outside the van sitting on the bank. He was quickly loaded into an ambulance and taken to the hospital.

Mills said emergency workers saw child restraint seats in the van and were concerned, given Cass' upset state, that children might have been involved. They confirmed that her children were in Springfield.

He said the van was pulled out of the creek about 4:15 p.m.

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