Man shot by police in June arrested for DUI

Man shot by police in June arrested for DUI

URBANA — A Champaign man who was shot in the shoulder in June while being pursued by Champaign police was arrested over the weekend for fleeing from police and driving under the influence.

Dehari Banks, 23, who was listed as homeless, was arraigned Monday on charges of aggravated driving under the influence and aggravated fleeing and eluding for an incident that happened about 8:40 p.m. Saturday.

A Champaign police report said an officer saw a car fail to signal a turn from Eureka Street on to Willis Avenue and tried to stop it on Willis.

The driver, later identified as Banks, took off fast, turned west on to Bradley Avenue and allegedly ran a stop sign and almost hit an MTD bus.

The car kept going, allegedly running another stop sign and veering into the wrong lane of traffic, where it almost struck an oncoming car. The officer followed the car for a time before ending the pursuit out of concern for public safety.

The report said the vehicle turned north on Garden Hills Drive, hit two street signs and turned into a yard in the 1500 block of West Bradley Avenue.

The officer approached the car on foot with his pistol drawn. The car came to a stop after hitting a fence between two houses. The car was unoccupied and the officer reached in and put it in park.

Police found Banks nearby and he admitted he was the driver and that he had smoked cannabis before driving. The report said Banks appeared disoriented and showed signs of impairment. Police found cannabis in the car.

The charges filed against him Monday are Class 4 felonies, carrying penalties ranging from probation to one to three years in prison upon conviction.

Banks was involved in an incident with Champaign police on June 11 in which an officer tried to stop him for an alleged traffic violation and he kept going, then allegedly crashed the car into a garage on East Church Street and ran from it.

Officer James Hobson, who had his gun drawn during the foot pursuit, told his supervisors that his footing slipped and he accidentally fired his gun, hitting Banks in the shoulder.

Hobson, with the department since September 2015, has been assigned to duty inside the station while an investigation of that incident continues.

Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Mike Atkinson said the reports about the June 11 shooting done by a multi-jurisdictional task force of detectives have been forwarded to State's Attorney Julia Rietz for review.

Rietz said she has received the reports and is still reviewing them.

Last week, Banks pleaded guilty to driving under suspension, admitting he did that in Champaign on March 18. He was sentenced to a year of conditional discharge for the misdemeanor offense, ordered to perform 100 hours of public service and pay a $250 fine.

Court records show Banks had other misdemeanor convictions.

He was told to be back in court Sept. 6 on the new charges. He's being held in lieu of $25,000 bond.

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rsp wrote on August 08, 2017 at 3:08 pm

If that car belongs to someone else and they allowed him to drive it they need to be charged as well. He has a bad habit of driving into stationary objects and no license. He's lucky no one was hurt.

cjw61822@hotmail.com wrote on August 08, 2017 at 4:08 pm

Why was he not charged with the June incident of DUS?