Mahomet man gets 4 years for aggravated DUI

Mahomet man gets 4 years for aggravated DUI

URBANA — A Mahomet man weaving into oncoming lanes of traffic two months ago while drunk has been sentenced to four years in prison for aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol.

Assistant State's Attorney Elizabeth Dornik said the DUI conviction is the fourth for Heraclio Cornejo, 50, who listed an address in the 300 block of McLean.

Cornejo pleaded guilty Tuesday before Champaign County Judge Rich Klaus to driving when his blood alcohol concentration was 0.08 percent or greater. Dornik said that about 12:40 a.m. on June 16, Cornejo was spotted crossing into the oncoming lane of traffic on Prairieview Road near Tin Cup Road.

Dornik said that when a Mahomet police officer stopped Cornejo's pickup, there was a strong odor of alcohol inside the truck. Cornejo had glassy eyes, admitted drinking beers at a nearby bar and had trouble performing field sobriety tests.

His blood alcohol concentration was 0.22 percent — almost three times the limit at which an Illinois motorist is presumed drunk.

Cornejo has previous convictions for driving under the influence in Champaign County from 1998, 2001 and 2002, meaning a prison sentence of up to seven years was mandated for this DUI.

He was given credit for 59 days served, fined $750 and ordered to pay court costs.

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