Man sentenced to 6 years for aggravated DUI

URBANA — A Champaign man whose drunken driving seriously injured a Bloomington man in 2012 has been sentenced to six years in prison.

Immanuel Williams, 26, whose last known local address was in the 100 block of West Clark Street, pleaded guilty Tuesday before Champaign County Judge Richard Klaus to aggravated driving under the influence.

Assistant State's Attorney Elizabeth Dornik said Williams will have to serve 85 percent — or just over five years — of the sentence.

It stemmed from a Sept. 19, 2012, crash at the corner of Bloomington Road and Prospect Avenue, a busy northwest Champaign intersection.

Dornik said at 1:38 p.m. that day, a Champaign police officer saw Williams pass him on Prospect at high speed and make no attempt to stop for the red light at Bloomington Road.

Williams' vehicle hit another driven by James Leeds, 48, partially ejecting Leeds as his car got pushed to the north side of the intersection.

Dornik said Leeds suffered multiple injuries, including a broken left leg, a swollen right leg, a dislocated left shoulder, a fractured pelvis and a broken thumb. Dornik said Williams was also injured and taken to the hospital.

Williams admitted that he had been drinking before the crash. His blood-alcohol level measured 0.138 percent, well over the 0.08 limit for a motorist to be presumed intoxicated.

Dornik said Williams had received court supervision for a prior possession of cannabis case out of Cook County.

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