Man passed out in van gets 6 years for aggravated DUI

Man passed out in van gets 6 years for aggravated DUI

URBANA — An Urbana man discovered passed out in a van after he'd been drinking and smoking cannabis has been sentenced to six years in prison.

In April, a Champaign County jury convicted Sirron Monroe, 39, of the 2000 block of Vawter Street, of aggravated driving under the influence for having any drug, substance or compound in his system. They acquitted him of a separate aggravated DUI charge alleging he was under the influence of alcohol.

Assistant State's Attorney Elizabeth Dornik said the case began about 7:40 a.m. on Dec. 31, when an Urbana police officer saw Monroe, apparently sleeping, in a running van in the 2000 block of Vawter Street.

The officer said Monroe admitted he had been out drinking the night before. After his arrest, he was taken to Carle Hospital, where a chemical test revealed he had a blood alcohol content of 0.11 percent and cannabis metabolites in his system.

His driver's license had also been suspended.

Dornik said the case wasn't about Monroe driving the van while under the influence but of being in control of the van at a time when he was impaired.

Court records in Champaign County show Monroe had several prior traffic convictions as well as other criminal convictions for possession of a controlled substance, aggravated battery, unlawful possession of cannabis, obstructing justice, and resisting arrest.

Judge Richard Klaus imposed the prison sentence on Monroe.

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