Rantoul woman sentenced to probation

URBANA — A Rantoul woman who was arrested after suspected drugs were found during a traffic stop has been sentenced to probation.

On Wednesday, Judge Heidi Ladd sentenced Susan Ruddy, 49, who listed an address in Rantoul, to 24 months of probation after she pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Ruddy and a Rantoul man, Bobby Gene Walker, were in a car stopped by Rantoul police for an alleged traffic violation on U.S. 136 near Murray Road on Aug. 25, 2012.

According to a police report, the vehicle was moving in the inside lane with its right-turn signal on, but it never made a right turn or changed lanes.

The police officer thought the driver might be impaired, so he began to follow it.

At that point, the vehicle made an abrupt turn into a residential driveway and immediately turned off its headlights.

When the officer turned around, Ruddy turned her lights back on and started to pull back out onto U.S. 136, leading the officer to pull over the vehicle.

After both Ruddy and her passenger, Walker, agreed to be searched by police, officers found 0.08 ounce (2.2 grams) of suspected cocaine packaged in three separate bags on Ruddy's person.

Walker was sentenced earlier to 21/2 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

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