DUI guilty plea brings jail time, probation

URBANA — An Urbana man who got into two crashes last fall while driving drunk has been sentenced to two years of probation and four months in jail.

Steven Newsome, 53, whose listed an address in the 600 block of South Glover Street, pleaded guilty Wednesday before Champaign County Judge John Kennedy to driving under the influence of alcohol.

He admitted that he was drunk on Oct. 24 when he got involved in two different accidents in Champaign.

Assistant State's Attorney Elizabeth Dornik said the first was a hit and run that occurred in the 0-100 block of East Main Street about 3:30 p.m. Newsome was eventually stopped near Walnut and Washington streets.

Dornik said Newsome became upset with the officer because the officer was about to impound his car. When the officer stepped to his squad car to write the ticket, Newsome took off. Within moments, he crashed his car on North Fourth Street near East Eureka Street.

Dornik said Newsome hit a light pole and the car flipped, pinning him underneath.

He was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital, where tests revealed his blood-alcohol concentration was 0.33 percent — more than four times the amount for an Illinois motorist to be presumed intoxicated.

Newsome was given credit for 48 days already served in jail. He was ordered to perform 100 hours of public service work and to wear a Secured Remote Alcohol Monitoring device when released.

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