Man facing DUI charge after hitting squad car

Man facing DUI charge after hitting squad car

URBANA — An Urbana man is being held at the Champaign County Jail on $150,000 bond after police say he slammed a four-wheeler into a sheriff’s squad car while under the influence of alcohol early Sunday morning.

Michael J. Cochrane, 43, who listed an address in the 1200 block of North Berkley Avenue, was charged Monday with driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a suspended or revoked license.

According to a sheriff’s report, a deputy was called to East Perkins Road in Urbana, at 12:18 a.m. Sunday on a report of an intoxicated man riding a four-wheeler on the road.

When the officer arrived, he found Cochrane sitting in a four-wheeler in a driveway in the 1100 block of East Perkins Road, holding a four-pack of Twisted Tea Hard Iced Tea. The keys were in the ignition, and the engine was running.

The deputy parked about 15 feet behind the four-wheeler and began to get out of his car when Cochrane accelerated in reverse and slammed into the driver’s side front corner of the squad car, damaging it.

Police said Cochrane got off the four-wheeler and tried to walk away. The report said he had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath when the officer questioned him.

Cochrane refused to take a breath test.

The Champaign County state’s attorney’s office reports that, while Cochrane was charged with five previous DUIs, he was only convicted in connection with four of the arrests. A charge in 1995 was later dismissed. For his most recent conviction, in 2008, Cochrane was sentenced to three years in prison.

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Bulldogmojo wrote on June 16, 2014 at 10:06 pm

FIVE prior DUI's !?? and still wandering around?

He must be some prosecutor's cousin...

787 wrote on June 17, 2014 at 7:06 am

It's just another "success story" coming from the horrible State's Attorney that the people of Champaign County have to tolerate...

Local Yocal wrote on June 17, 2014 at 9:06 am
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Not that this would have helped this guy, but here is a proposal that might reduce DUI's by 50% first year:

1) All Class A liquor license holders would be provided a breathalyzer and the training to use it, as part of their licensing agreement with the government to sell alcohol. 2) A county-wide ordinance would require all customers who drove a vehicle to a bar must hand over their car keys to a bartender BEFORE the patron can be served alcohol. Like cigarette smokers must smoke outside, drivers must forfeit the keys before getting a drink.  3) When a patron wishes to leave the bar, they would be required to first blow into the bar's breathalyzer to determine if they qualify to get their keys back. Blowing anything over .08 would prevent the patron from getting their car keys, and instead, a 48-hour free parking sticker would be applied to their car and an MTD shuttle would be summoned to drive the person directly home.  The citizenry would probably resist this proposal, preferring the current system of "taking their chances" on their ability to drive over the state standard for alcohol impairment, and would prefer to keep "their freedom" of having control over their car. Bar owners might find the added responsibility of administering a breathalzyer and securing someone's car keys too labor intensive. Likewise, law enforcement would denounce this idea for the tax dollars are not directed toward their services but would rather go to the MTD shuttle, personnel who train bar staff and maintain the breathalyzers, and the breathalzyer company providing the equipment.  In the continued discussion of enhancing public safety while seeking alternatives to costly and debilitating incarceration, creative thinking that avoids the necessity to prosecute will be needed to conserve precious tax dollars. Unfortunately, too many of us have been conditioned to believe that the only way to address all dysfunctional behaviors is to have The Big Nanny haul us to jail and court. 

 

rsp wrote on June 18, 2014 at 10:06 pm

Considering how often they get caught serving to minors do you really think this would work? There used to be a place on University Ave., had a practice of giving drinks to go to certain regular customers. Lunch crowd going back to work with mixed drinks in go cups. Every day.

SaintClarence27 wrote on June 19, 2014 at 4:06 pm

Where is this place? I need to find it for my next "business lunch."

cwdog57 wrote on June 18, 2014 at 7:06 pm

what a great idea!

highspeed wrote on June 19, 2014 at 4:06 pm

Once again we want to penalize all for a few. Why should bar owners have to go thru all the hassle? Simply put there are people out there who just don`t care about laws or other people. If you are caught then the breathylizer gets hooked to your vehicle. Instead of getting 6 tries at it, those convicted of DUI should have it installed after the first one!!