Urbana man charged with aggravated DUI

URBANA — An Urbana man who allegedly was dancing in the street while his car blocked traffic has been charged with aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol.

Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz said the DUI charge she filed Tuesday against Van McKinzy, 52, of the 1700 block of East Florida Avenue, is his fifth.

Urbana police Sgt. Dan Morgan said about 6:15 p.m. Friday, a caller reported to police that McKinzy was outside of his car at the intersection of Main and Maple streets, yelling at people, dancing in the street and blocking traffic.

Morgan said McKinzy was so impaired that jail officials refused to accept him until he was more sober. He was taken to a hospital, where blood and urine tests were done.

Rietz said she's awaiting the results of those but police arrested McKinzy because of his behavior, his extremely slurred speech, and his inability to walk.

If convicted of the Class 1 felony, McKinzy faces a mandatory prison term of between four and 15 years.

Rietz said he has four prior DUI convictions from Cook County and a 2007 driving under revocation conviction for which he was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison.

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areader wrote on September 04, 2012 at 4:09 pm

FIFTH DUI!!!!!!!!????????  How absolutely disgusting!  This moron should NOT be behind the wheel of any vehicle!  Put him and others like him behind bars and OFF THE STREETS NOW!!!!!  No one should be driving who has FIVE DUIs!  

nmbrugo wrote on September 04, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Who said he had a license?  Many continue to drive anyway.

big10bum wrote on September 05, 2012 at 6:09 pm

I agree, he has no business behind the wheel of a car after so many prior issues. On the other hand, I think he was lost and confused as well? I can't think of any reason why you would want to be dancing in the streets of Urbana about anything?