Repeat offender headed to prison

Repeat offender headed to prison

URBANA — An Urbana man arrested twice in a month earlier this year for driving under the influence has been sentenced to six years in prison for those and other offenses.

Carell Pettis, 33, who listed an address in the 800 block of East Kerr Avenue, pleaded guilty Monday before Judge Heidi Ladd to two counts of aggravated driving under the influence — one from April 10 and another from April 19; resisting a peace officer; and possession with intent to deliver heroin.

He was given credit for 229 days already served in jail.

Assistant State's Attorney Matt Banach said that on April 10, Urbana police found Pettis passed out behind the wheel of a car in the drive-through lane at Steak 'n Shake, 2009 Kenyon Road, U.

He showed signs of intoxication and admitted drinking. Police also found cannabis and a partial bottle of tequila in the car. Before police could complete field sobriety tests on Pettis, he ran from them.

Officer Benjamin Crane fell and broke his elbow while chasing Pettis, who got away.

As he ran, Pettis dropped a sock that contained 3.7 grams of heroin, 1.8 grams of cocaine and 8.7 grams of cannabis, Banach said.

Nine days later, on April 19, sheriff's deputies responded to an alarm at the Urbana Country Club, 100 County Club Road, where they found Pettis in the clubhouse with wet clothes.

Video showed him entering the club and staggering around. Deputies found his vehicle in a rain-swollen ditch near the entrance to the club.

Pettis admitted drinking and wrecking the vehicle, Banach said. A blood test done later at the hospital showed he had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.21 percent, well over the amount to be presumed intoxicated.

In return for his pleas to the four charges, another three were dismissed alleging DUI and possession with intent to deliver cocaine.

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