Judge adds a year when man doesn't show for sentencing in aggravated DUI case

Judge adds a year when man doesn't show for sentencing in aggravated DUI case

URBANA — A Seymour man who didn't show up to be sentenced for his fourth driving under the influence conviction got extra time tacked on.

On Monday, Champaign County Judge Richard Klaus gave David Scheurich, 39, seven years in prison for aggravated DUI.

At the time he pleaded guilty in early May, the state had agreed to cap its recommendation at six years but because he failed to appear, Klaus was not bound by that agreement.

Scheurich was eligible for an extended term because of his prior DUI convictions. He was on probation for another aggravated DUI at the time of his arrest Jan. 11.

Champaign County sheriff's Lt. Curt Apperson said a sheriff's deputy responded to a call from a person who told police that Scheurich was driving a pickup truck while drunk.

Police stopped Scheurich about 6:50 p.m. on Prairieview Road just north of the village in Mahomet Township. Apperson said Scheurich failed field sobriety tests and was found to have a blood alcohol concentration of 0.21 percent — almost three times the limit under which Illinois motorists are presumed intoxicated.

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