Fifth DUI conviction sends man to prison for eight years

Fifth DUI conviction sends man to prison for eight years

URBANA — An Urbana man convicted for the fifth time of driving under the influence has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Larry Fuchs, 55, of the 300 block of Smith Road, pleaded guilty before Judge Richard Klaus Tuesday to aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol.

Assistant State's Attorney Elizabeth Dornik said Urbana police found Fuchs slumped at the wheel of his car in a park in the 1100 block of East University Avenue just before 10 a.m. on Aug. 24.

Fuchs, who smelled of alcohol, admitted he had been driving prior to police finding him. After not performing well on field sobriety tests, he then refused to take any more.

Dornik said Fuchs' blood-alcohol concentration was 0.24 percent, three times the limit under which motorists in Illinois are presumed intoxicated.

His driver's license was revoked due to the previous DUI convictions.

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