Champaign man gets year in prison for eighth DUI-related conviction

Champaign man gets year in prison for eighth DUI-related conviction

EDITOR'S NOTE:

The original story about David Pribble’s sentence for driving under revocation failed to mention that  his most recent conviction for driving under the influence was in 2002. Chemical testing that Pribble submitted to at arrest later showed he had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.01 percent, well under the presumptive intoxication level of 0.08 percent. The aggravated DUI charges initially filed against him, which were ultimately dismissed, were based on his six prior DUI  convictions from many years ago and a combination of medication he was taking for serious health problems.  
 

ORIGINAL STORY

Thursday, 4/18/19 8:30 p.m.

URBANA — Calling him "dangerous" behind the wheel, a judge Thursday ordered a Champaign man behind bars for one year for his eighth DUI-related conviction.

In admonishing David Pribble, Judge Tom Difanis said "it's amazing ... he hasn't injured someone."

Pribble, 57, pleaded guilty March 12 to driving with a revoked license. He initially faced felony DUI charges in the May 12, 2018, incident, in which police were called to the Village Green Plaza near Windsor and Duncan Roads in Champaign after a woman reported her car had been hit in the parking lot of a Walgreens.

Officers located the other car and learned that Pribble had been driving, ultimately discovering him hiding in a closet in the house where the second car was, holding a glass of alcohol.

Pribble's attorney, Jim Martinkus, asked for the sentence to be served on home confinement, pointing to his client's back and breathing issues.

Pribble also spoke to the judge, apologizing and saying his family is "very disappointed in me."

Assistant State's Attorney Christopher McCallum recommended a prison term.

The charge to which Pribble pleaded carries penalties ranging for probation to one to three years in prison. He must serve 50 percent of his sentence.

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