Man facing 8th DUI case

RANTOUL — A man who was on parole for his seventh DUI conviction now faces his eighth after an arrest early Sunday in Rantoul.

Rantoul police arrested Carter Puckett, 48, who listed a Chicago address, but has previously listed a Rantoul address, at about 2 a.m. Sunday, after a caller complained to the department of an intoxicated man sitting in a car in a parking lot. By the time police arrived, Puckett had left, and was arrested after police saw improper lane usage, according to Christopher Kanis of the Champaign County state's attorney's office.

His blood alcohol level was reported at 0.151, nearly twice the level at which a driver is presumed intoxicated in Illinois.

Puckett was on parole after being sentenced in 2008 to six years in prison on a 2007 DUI case.

He formally was charged Monday with aggravated DUI and Judge Thomas Difanis set his bond at $250,000.

Because of his record, Puckett is eligible for a sentence, if convicted, of 6 to 60 years.

His next court appearance was scheduled for Sept. 11.

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capt80 wrote on July 30, 2012 at 5:07 pm

MENACE to society. Hopefully Judge Difanis will go with 60 years.

fortherecord wrote on July 30, 2012 at 5:07 pm

So do we just sit back and wait for him to kill someone?

prideCU wrote on July 30, 2012 at 5:07 pm

How in the world does one get to an 8th DUI?!! I believe that there is a point where repeat offenders need to be put in prison. Take the man who killed the St. Joseph sisters years ago. Even after killing them and having his license taken away, he got behind the wheel of the car drunk and earned himself some more DUIs. It is disgusting!

Bill Foster wrote on July 30, 2012 at 8:07 pm
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Come on! This is East Central Illinois folks! I could live anywhere on earth and I chose to live in Rantoul.

areader wrote on July 31, 2012 at 6:07 am

There is no excuse for this scumbag . . . ON PAROLE.  There's your first clue!!!!!  Put this moron away for a very long time!  Drunk drivers have no place in Rantoul, Champaign County, Illinois--NO WHERE!!!!!!!  He should NOT have gotten away with drinking/driving FOR AS LONG AS HE HAS! 

dsg73 wrote on July 31, 2012 at 7:07 am

I've heard it said, and I agree that "drunk drivers (especially "serial" drunk drivers like this clown) are like terrorists - you never know when one will strike and kill someone".  I hate having to resort to jail for everything, but in a case like this, what choice is there?  Taking away a license does nothing.  A guy like this is a clear danger to society.