DUI plea nets court supervision sentence
URBANA — The director of a service organization that helps at-risk youngsters has been sentenced to 18 months of court supervision for driving under the influence of alcohol.
Tracy Parsons, 52, who listed an address in the 3000 block of Stillwater Landing, Urbana, pleaded guilty Friday before Champaign County Judge Richard Klaus. Special prosecutor Bruce Ratcliffe of Champaign recommended the court supervision sentence and Klaus concurred. Parsons was represented by Urbana attorney Andrea Bergstrom, who took over the case for the late Tony Novak.
Parsons, the director of ACCESS Initiative, admitted that on Aug. 25, about 2 a.m., he was under the influence of alcohol when he was speeding on High Cross Road in Urbana.
Ratcliffe said Champaign County Deputy J.R. Meeker saw Parsons speeding — reports said he was doing 88 mph in a 55 mph zone — pulled him over and smelled alcohol on him. There was no accident.
Ratcliffe said Meeker gave Parsons field sobriety tests, which he failed, so he arrested Parsons and took him to the county jail. Parsons refused to take a breath test, which meant his license was suspended for a year by the Secretary of State.
Ratcliffe said Parsons was also fined $1,500 and ordered to perform 100 hours of public service. If Parsons has no further legal difficulties in the next 18 months, he’ll have no record of a conviction. Ratcliffe said he dismissed a speeding ticket in return for Parsons’ plea.
Parsons had no prior convictions, Ratcliffe said.