Rantoul woman sentenced to 5 years for aggravated DUI

Rantoul woman sentenced to 5 years for aggravated DUI

URBANA — A Rantoul woman with a history of drunken driving was sentenced Monday to five years in prison for aggravated driving under the influence.

Michelle R. Trimble, 53, who listed an address in the 100 block of South Meyer Street, pleaded guilty to that offense before Champaign County Judge Richard Klaus.

Assistant State's Attorney Elizabeth Dornik said on Aug. 3, Trimble was seen on U.S. 45 near Thomasboro swerving and crossing the fog line (the white line on the right side of an outside lane) for about two miles. She was driving a car with an expired registration sticker.

When Trimble was stopped by a Champaign County sheriff's deputy, she smelled of alcohol, had glassy, bloodshot eyes and had difficulty performing on field sobriety tests, Dornik said.

A breath test indicated her blood-alcohol content was 0.19 percent, more than twice the limit for an Illinois motorist to be presumed intoxicated.

Dornik said Trimble had two prior DUI convictions from Vermilion County, which made this one a felony. She also had a prior burglary conviction, which meant she could not be sentenced to probation.

Trimble also had other convictions for criminal trespass, theft, misuse of a credit card and possession of a controlled substance, Dornik said.

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