Urbana man to prison for two DUIs

Urbana man to prison for two DUIs

URBANA — An Urbana man who was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol while he was out on bond for that same crime has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Louis Rowan, 26, who listed an address in the 2000 block of East Vermont Avenue, pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol in two separate Champaign County cases. He received one year in prison for one and two years for the other, the sentences to be served one after the other.

Assistant State's Attorney Elizabeth Dornik said in the first case, Rowan got stuck in a ditch near county roads 1200 E and 2100 N, about three miles north of Champaign on July 13. A sheriff's deputy found Rowan inside his vehicle with his head down, appearing to be asleep. There was a key in the ignition and the odor of alcohol came from the truck. He was confused and unaware of his surroundings, she said.

Showing impairment on field sobriety tests, Rowan was arrested. He had a blood-alcohol content of 0.12 percent, Dornik said.

While Rowan was out on bond in that case, he was arrested again on Sept. 28.

About 11:40 p.m. that day, Urbana police pulled him over near Florida Avenue and Kinch Street because he was going 60 mph in a 30 mph zone.

Officers found him with his head down and slumped over the wheel. He had bloodshot and glassy eyes.

Police declined to do field sobriety tests because Rowan was combative, Dornik said.

Throughout the stop, he threatened police, who found a 22-ounce bottle of alcohol in his car. Later at the jail, Rowan fell asleep, Dornik said.

In exchange for Rowan's pleas to the DUI cases, Dornik dismissed several tickets for driving under suspension.

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