City engineer gets 90 days for DUI; will serve it on electronic home detention

City engineer gets 90 days for DUI; will serve it on electronic home detention

URBANA — The city engineer for Champaign was sentenced Thursday to 90 days in the county jail and two years of probation after pleading guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol.

Roland White, 45, who listed an address in the 2800 block of Bernice Court, Champaign, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor DUI before Champaign County Judge John Kennedy. He has been found eligible to serve his sentence on electronic home detention, meaning he will still be able to go to work.

White was arrested Nov. 11 in Savoy after he hit two cars.

Assistant State's Attorney A.J. Ruggieri said the accidents, investigated by sheriff's deputies about 8:25 p.m., involved a car that had been hit near Church Street and Dunlap Avenue, and a second involving a parked car that was hit in the 300 block of Preston Street.

According to sheriff's deputies' reports, White hit the rear end of a car that was facing west on Church Street at U.S. 45, also called Dunlap Avenue, then backed up, turned around and headed east.

It was shortly after that the owner of the parked car on Preston Street reported that her car had been hit head-on by a person who sat inside his car for a few moments then got out and started walking away.

Ruggieri said deputies located White nearby. He refused to perform field sobriety tests or submit to a breath test but deputies noticed an odor of alcohol on him and glassy eyes. Court documents said he admitted he had consumed two bottles of wine.

White was also ordered to pay a $2,000 fine, wear an alcohol monitoring bracelet, perform 75 hours of public service and attend a victim impact panel.

Ruggieri said White is eligible for day-for-day good time on his 90-day sentence, which he's scheduled to begin serving Wednesday. The electronic home detention bracelet is in addition to the alcohol monitoring device, which he'll have to wear for 60 days. 

In 2009, White pleaded guilty in Champaign County to a misdemeanor DUI for which he was sentenced to 18 months of court supervision. He successfully completed the sentence.

White has been a city of Champaign employee since 1998.

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WOW wrote on April 04, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Hand it to Judge Kennedy to hand out yet another light sentence.

Funny thing, Nov 11th was Veteran's Day and Roland White was already a DUI Veteran from his 2009 DUI (another super light sentence). Probation didn't work then, why bother with it now.

He will maybe only serve 45 days in County Jail (or is is at his home) AND keep his cushy City of Champaign job. It appears that he gets work release at that, so does he only sleep at jail?

He suffer's from former City of Champaign Detective Lisa Staple's syndrome. This wasn't his first DUI, and won't be his last DUI. Kennedy didn't even suspend Roland's driver's license and he is a repeat offender. Make him ride a bike or take the MTD bus for at least 2 years.

Roland wasn't only driving drunk, he had two hit and run accidents in the process. He hit 2 parked cars and would have probably hit more if he hadn't totalled his car with hitting the 2nd one head on! He drove off from the first, and was trying to walk away and flee the 2nd when they caught him. He had 4 more miles to drive till he was home. Kennedy must have given him credit for all of the cars he didn't hit.

By the way, Preston street in Savoy wasn't even a street he should have been on, it's only one block long and not on his route.

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

Well he got fired from city engineer and will have a hard time finding another job after this