Man charged in accident that killed friend faces more legal woes

Man charged in accident that killed friend faces more legal woes

TUSCOLA — A Mahomet man charged in Champaign County for a drunken-driving crash last month that killed his friend is facing additional legal troubles in Douglas County.

Douglas County State's Attorney Kate Watson last week filed a petition to revoke the probation that Chad Smith, 27, was serving for a 2016 conviction of driving under the influence that he received in that county.

In October 2016, Smith pleaded guilty to misdemeanor DUI for an April 25, 2016, crash near Hugo in central Douglas County that left him injured. The crash damaged a power pole and brought down power lines.

Douglas County sheriff's deputies' reports said Smith admitted drinking and was found to have been smoking cannabis before the crash, which happened around 8:45 p.m. on a county highway.

He was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay more than $2,400 in fines, fees and costs.

When Watson learned that Smith was charged in Champaign County with aggravated DUI in connection with the July 14 death of Michael P. Donahue, 32, of Mahomet, she filed the petition to revoke Smith's probation Aug. 1.

In the Champaign County fatality, sheriff's deputies said Smith and Mr. Donahue had been drinking at the Fisher Fair prior to the crash, which happened about 2:45 a.m. on County Road 2500 N near 350 E.

Mr. Donahue, the passenger, was thrown from the car as it rolled over in a bean field. He died at the scene.

Smith's blood-alcohol concentration was measured at 0.179, more than twice the limit under which Illinois motorists are presumed intoxicated.

Smith was arrested Friday in Mahomet on the Douglas County warrant. He posted $1,000 cash bond and was released from jail over the weekend. No court date in Douglas County has been set yet. If he is found to have violated his probation, he faces up to 364 days in jail when resentenced.

Smith's next court date on the Champaign County aggravated DUI is Oct. 5. He is free in that case after posting $10,000 cash bond. If convicted, he faces penalties ranging from probation to three to 14 years in prison.

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