Champaign man sentenced for DUI motorcycle crash

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted driving under the influence when he crashed his motorcycle in Savoy in March was sentenced Wednesday to a year of probation.

Omar Pacheco, 24, who listed an address in the 500 block of West Kirby Avenue, pleaded guilty in June to driving on March 1 at a time when he was impaired.

A Champaign County sheriff's deputy's report said that Pacheco was driving south on North Dunlap Avenue and was in the left lane as he approached the north entrance to Walmart, intending to turn in. He came across both lanes of traffic, hit a traffic island and crashed.

As part of his sentence, he will have to perform 125 hours of public service, get substance abuse treatment, attend a victim impact panel and pay a $1,500 fine.

In other court cases recently resolved in Champaign County:

— Kendrick Rodgers, 20, whose last known address was in the 1800 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue in Urbana, was sentenced to 35 days in jail for resisting arrest.

He pleaded guilty Wednesday to that, admitting that he ran from Sgt. Tom Frost, who was trying to stop him to question him about an incident in the Garden Hills subdivision where two men were in a car on the afternoon of July 12 and one pointed a gun at a woman.

Co-defendant Dayveonta Fairman, 17, who listed an address in the 100 block of Bellefontaine Street, Champaign, pleaded guilty late last month to aggravated unlawful use of weapons, admitting he was the one who possessed the gun. He was sentenced to two years of probation and two weeks in the county jail.

Assistant State's Attorney Troy Lozar said Rodgers did not have anything to do with pointing the gun, but Fairman had apparently passed it to him after he had done so.

— Johnny M. Jones, 50, who listed an address in the 2300 block of East Main Street, Urbana, was sentenced to three years of probation after pleading guilty to possession with intent to deliver cocaine.

He admitted having about 5 grams of the drug in a car that police stopped in southeast Urbana on Feb. 29.

He was also ordered to get a substance abuse evaluation.

Comments

News-Gazette.com embraces discussion of both community and world issues. We welcome you to contribute your ideas, opinions and comments, but we ask that you avoid personal attacks, vulgarity and hate speech. We reserve the right to remove any comment at our discretion, and we will block repeat offenders' accounts. To post comments, you must first be a registered user, and your username will appear with any comment you post. Happy posting.

Login or register to post comments

billbtri5 wrote on August 16, 2012 at 5:08 pm

let's see, if you don't have a FOID Card it's a class a misdemeanor, 1 year in jail and a $1500 fine, he wasn't even charged with it....but if more gun laws are passed that will curb violence, right?.....I wish you anti-gun folks would question the State's Attorney as to  why they choose to ignore existing gun laws...

787 wrote on August 16, 2012 at 6:08 pm

There's some really odd factors that our esteemed State's Attorney must consider when she does her job.

Petty theft cases end up with felony charges... when charges in other cases seem to be ignored.

Might it be that Julia Rietz doesn't know what she's doing?  She's done a fantastic job in giving Herbert Shah enough leeway that he has become a one man crime spree in the past few years.

Go for it Julia... a couple of months time for Herbert is more than enough...