Organization director arrested for DUI

URBANA — The director of a local organization that provides services aimed at keeping at-risk youth out of the criminal justice system has been arrested for driving under the influence.

Tracy Parsons, 51, who listed an address in the 3000 block of Stillwater Landing, Urbana, was arrested about 2 a.m. Sunday on High Cross Road just south of Windsor Road in Urbana.

Court records indicate he was ticketed for improper passing at an intersection, speeding for going 88 mph in a 55 mph zone, and driving under the influence of alcohol.

A Champaign County sheriff's deputy took him to the county jail about 2:15 a.m., where he was released about 45 minutes later after posting $120 bond. He was told to be in court Sept. 20.

Parsons currently acts as director of ACCESS Initiative. Its website describes the tax-supported program as a "system of care in Champaign County to help youth (ages 10-18) function better at home, in school, in the community, and throughout life" by providing access to appropriate services in the community.

The program is funded by the Child, Adolescent and Family Branch of the Center for Mental Health Services of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Human Services and the Champaign County Mental Health Board.

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Beem wrote on August 30, 2013 at 9:08 am

No doubt they were racially profiling him.

787 wrote on August 30, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Drunk... and driving almost 90 miles an hour.

Mr. Parsons should drop to his knees and thank the good Lord that he didn't kill someone.

And a HUGE THANK YOU to the deputy who was at the right place at the right time.