Alleged drunk driver briefly eludes deputies

Alleged drunk driver briefly eludes deputies

SAVOY — A Champaign man who fled from deputies in Savoy Saturday morning while allegedly under the influence has been told to appear in court next month.

Champaign County Sheriff's Sgt. Will Davis said Keith A. Cooper, 37, who listed an address in the 4600 block of Nicklaus Drive, was arrested about 9:10 a.m. after being pursued by deputies for 10 minutes.

Davis said at 9 a.m. deputies were called to a home in the 200 block of West Main Street in Savoy, where a driver had run over shrubs near a house, then fled.

Shortly after that, a different caller reported a suspected drunk driver at the CVS store, on the southwest corner of U.S. 45 and Curtis Road. Deputies were in the area and saw a small car leave the CVS and head north on to Woodfield Drive, the street that runs through the Savoy Plaza.

"The vehicle left CVS and hit the sign (behind) Subway and Body N' Sole on Woodfield. The deputies made contact with him. They got out but he refused to get out of the car and took off again," Davis said.

The driver headed west on Curtis Road and north on Prospect Avenue, then turned into the parking lot for the First Baptist Church at Savoy, located on the corner of Burwash Avenue and Prospect.

At least three deputies surrounded Cooper, who Davis said showed signs of impairment. He was arrested for DUI, fleeing and eluding a police officer, improper lane usage and leaving the scene of an accident.

Davis said deputies were still investigating the incident.

Cooper went to an area hospital for blood to be drawn for chemical testing. Davis said he was not injured. However, his Kia sustained front end damage.

Cooper posted bond and was released from jail. He was told he has to make a court appearance April 29.

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