Third DUI conviction sends Foosland man to prison

Third DUI conviction sends Foosland man to prison

PAXTON — A Foosland man was sentenced to three years in prison following his third conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol.

James M. Odom, 45, whose last known address was in the 300 block of Main Street in Foosland, received the sentence as part of a plea agreement last week in Ford County Circuit Court.

Odom pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated DUI, a Class 2 felony. In return for his plea, two other DUI charges stemming from the same arrest were dismissed.

Odom was also ordered to pay fines and court costs totaling $2,595 within six months of his release.

Gibson City police arrested Odom for DUI during a traffic stop on Aug. 25 on Illinois 54 near Ford County Road 300 East. At the time of his arrest, Odom had a revoked driver’s license due to a previous DUI charge.

Police said it was Odom’s fourth arrest for DUI. Meanwhile, this was his third DUI conviction, with his other convictions coming in 1999 and 2003 in Champaign County.

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Danno wrote on February 04, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Dude; somewhere along your difficult journey, a judge/lawyer/family/pastor recommended to you to NOT DRIVE during your revocation. Ugh.

vcponsardin wrote on February 04, 2013 at 4:02 pm

His vehicle should be immediately confiscated and sold at auction with the proceeds going to MADD or some other similar charity.  Even if it wasn't his car, whoever allowed him to "borrow" it should be punished too.  Impound the vehicle and then sell it.  Give the money to the victims of drunk drivers.  Justice done.  Put his name in a national data bank that disqualified him for life from ever buying another car or ever obtaining a driver's license.  Next time he drives and is caught with a DUI, it's life in prison.  Needless to say, I have absolutely no tolerance for drunk drivers.  None whatsoever.

sweet caroline wrote on February 04, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Vcponsardin is absolutely right.  Excellent points! 

More than likely, this criminal will drive again when he's released, even without a license.  Repeat offenders of DUI don't care about a license or insurance.  They always find someone to loan them a car, and that "someone" should also pay a hefty penalty. 

Ellen wrote on February 04, 2013 at 4:02 pm

I don't think confiscating his car will be necessary....