Conditional discharge in DUI case

Conditional discharge in DUI case

URBANA — A Monticello woman who admitted that she was driving when she was under the influence of alcohol has been sentenced to 18 months of conditional discharge.

Julie C. Walsh, 20, was also ordered to perform 100 hours of public service and get a substance abuse evaluation.

Walsh pleaded guilty last week before Champaign County Judge John Kennedy to misdemeanor DUI, admitting that she drove on Feb. 15 at a time when she was under the influence.

Assistant State's Attorney A.J. Ruggieri said a blood draw revealed Walsh's blood alcohol content was 0.165 percent, more than twice the amount for an Illinois motorist to be presumed intoxicated.

A Champaign County sheriff's deputy found Walsh in a car on the side of Illinois 10 near County Road 250 E in western Champaign County about 2:15 a.m. When he approached to see if she was all right, he found her typing on a laptop computer. That's when he noticed damage to her car and found that she smelled of alcohol. The deputy determined she had apparently left the road on the north side, went through a ditch and knocked over a stop sign before coming to rest.

Conditional discharge is a form of probation without the requirement that a defendant regularly see a probation officer.

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