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.