Urbana city official pleads to DUI

Urbana city official pleads to DUI

URBANA — An Urbana city official will be sentenced in January after pleading guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol.

Michael Monson, 55, the chief of staff for Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing, entered his guilty plea to the misdemeanor offense Friday before Champaign County Judge Richard Klaus.

He admitted that on March 5, he was driving after drinking.

An Urbana police report said Monson got into a fender bender on a snow-covered street not far from his own home with a woman who hit his car on the side. After the 8:20 p.m. accident, Monson left his car in the 1000 block of Carroll Avenue and walked home, where police located him about an hour later, the report said.

Court records say his blood-alcohol level measured 0.11 percent. In Illinois, a motorist with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 percent is presumed intoxicated.

In exchange for his plea, Assistant State’s Attorney A.J. Ruggieri agreed to dismiss two traffic tickets.

Klaus set sentencing for Jan. 10.

Monson faces penalties ranging from probation to up to 364 days in the county jail. He is represented by Urbana attorney Brett Olmstead.

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