Champaign man charged with seventh DUI

Champaign man charged with seventh DUI

URBANA — A Champaign man who has racked up six convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol in 30 years has been charged with a seventh.

If convicted of his most recent, David Pribble, 56, who listed an address in the 2100 block of Ivy Court, faces six to 30 years in prison.

A Champaign police report said on Saturday afternoon, officers were sent to the Village Green Plaza, near Duncan and Windsor roads, in west Champaign where a woman reported that her car had been hit in the Walgreens parking lot.

The woman's husband confronted the driver, later identified as Pribble, who admitted he had consumed a beer and begged the couple not to call police. He then walked away from the man, who noted that Pribble smelled of alcohol.

Police later located the car that the couple said had struck theirs and interviewed the passenger who had been in it. The passenger identified a woman as having been driving.

Police then talked to the woman and she initially said she was the driver then admitted that Pribble was the driver and that he was inside the house.

Police found him hiding in a closet, where he was holding a glass of alcohol, the report said.

Smelling the strong odor of alcohol coming from him, officers had Pribble perform field sobriety tests. Because he performed poorly and because his driver's license was revoked, Pribble was arrested and taken to jail. He made an initial court appearance Sunday.

He was charged Monday with aggravated DUI, a Class X felony, because of the number of prior convictions for that offense beginning in 1986 in Vermilion County. His most recent was in 2002 in Douglas County and resulted in a two-year prison sentence.

Judge John Kennedy set his bond at $10,000 and told him to come back to court May 22 with a lawyer of his own choosing.

The police report said that Prible was taken to the hospital and told staff that the steering wheel struck his chest. He also admitted he had taken morphine earlier.

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