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.