Man faces felony DUI charge
URBANA — An Urbana man arrested earlier this month for allegedly driving drunk is due in Champaign County Circuit Court next week to be arraigned on a felony alleging that this is his fifth DUI.
Jackson V. "Jackie" Harris, 50, who listed an address in the 2100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, was arrested about 9:35 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3.
Assistant State's Attorney Elizabeth Dornik said a citizen called Urbana police about a person driving near Florida and Cottage Grove avenues in the wrong lane of traffic and allegedly running stop signs.
Police stopped Harris near Gregory and Oregon streets and noticed he had slow reaction times, soft mumbled speech, and smelled strongly of alcohol.
Because of his confusion and inability to stand, police did not administer field sobriety tests, Dornik said.
However, a preliminary breath test put his blood-alcohol concentration at 0.33 percent — four times the limit under which an Illinois motorist is presumed intoxicated. Harris agreed to go to Carle Hospital for blood tests.
Dornik said Harris has three prior DUI convictions from Champaign County and one from Woodford County.
A charge of aggravated DUI has been filed against him alleging that the Oct. 3 arrest is his fifth for driving while drunk. He was told to be in court Nov. 1 to be arraigned on the Class 1 felony offense.