Champaign official faces DUI charge

Champaign official faces DUI charge

SAVOY — The city engineer for Champaign is due in court in mid-December after having been arrested Sunday night for driving under the influence of alcohol after two collisions in Savoy.

Roland W. White, 45, who listed an address in the 2800 block of Berniece Court, Champaign, was charged Tuesday in Champaign County Circuit Court with misdemeanor DUI and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. The latter is a petty traffic offense.

State's Attorney Julia Rietz confirmed that White received tickets for a collision that happened 8:20 p.m. Sunday in the 300 block of Preston Street in Savoy. The crash was investigated by the Champaign County sheriff's office, which had some preliminary reports available Tuesday.

Tiffany Fancher, 22, who is staying on Preston Street, told The News-Gazette that shortly after 8 p.m., the woman with whom she was staying saw someone in a car hit Fancher's car head-on. It was parked on the street.

"He hit it so hard, it moved it 17 feet," Fancher said.

Moments before the crash on Preston, according to sheriff's Sgt. Curt Apperson, White allegedly hit the rear end of a car that was facing west on Church Street at U.S. 45. Apperson said White then backed up, turned around and went east on Church Street. The driver of the car that was hit lost sight of him around Tickseed Drive. Apperson said it was about that time that the crash on Preston was reported.

Fancher said after the collision on Preston, the person who hit her car sat inside his car for several minutes. She and another of the friends she was staying with approached and asked if he was all right.

Fancher said the man, later identified as White, then got out of the car and started walking.

Court records indicate that White pleaded guilty in December 2009 to a misdemeanor driving under the influence that occurred in Champaign on Sept. 24, 2009. He was sentenced to 18 months of court supervision, 150 hours of public service work, and ordered to attend a victim impact panel. His supervision was successfully terminated in September 2011, according to court records.

Both Fancher's car and White's car had to be towed away.

Rietz said White was released from custody after posting bond for the Sunday incident. He was told to appear in court Dec. 14.

White's attorney, Mark Lipton of Champaign, declined to comment.

White has been employed by the city of Champaign since 1998.

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rsp wrote on November 13, 2012 at 10:11 pm

That prior dui looks like it was wiped clean from his record with his "successful" completion of his requirements. Am I wrong? It looks like a withhold judgement. 

ROB McCOLLEY wrote on November 13, 2012 at 11:11 pm
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Somehow I suspect this one's gonna stick.

rsp wrote on November 14, 2012 at 12:11 am

At least he walked away from it and nobody was hurt. 17 feet. That's a hard hit. 

Veronica Headley wrote on December 28, 2012 at 12:12 am


cwdog57 wrote on November 14, 2012 at 6:11 am

wow, seems to me that leaving the scene of two accidents while driving under the influence would warrent some additional more serious charge than"failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident" a petty traffic offense? After he walked away from the second crash, when was he nabbed?

rsp wrote on November 14, 2012 at 8:11 am

He probably wasn't aware of the accidents. I may be wrong but I don't recall leaving the scene being charged without serious intent to flee being a factor. I think that's been the policy for a long time. I'm more bothered by the fact that he blew a .17 the last time and it was treated so lightly. 

fanchert wrote on November 14, 2012 at 11:11 pm

I agree, hopefully they will still charge him with more. He is just like any one else and should get the same charges as you or I would.

Veronica Headley wrote on December 29, 2012 at 12:12 pm


jitterbug3433 wrote on May 10, 2013 at 6:05 pm

He got fired!!!!