URBANA — A Westville woman who hit a truck on Interstate 57 in a construction zone has been sentenced to two years in prison for driving under the influence of drugs.
Shelly Millard, 40, pleaded guilty Tuesday before Champaign County Judge Richard Klaus in connection with her arrest May 14.
Assistant State's Attorney Elizabeth Dornik said Millard was driving south on I-57 near Champaign about 7:50 a.m. when she came upon a construction zone near Windsor Road where traffic was merging to one lane from two.
Dornik said Millard hit a truck, then drove on the shoulder, passing the truck and another car.
The driver of the truck called police, who eventually stopped her near Curtis Road. Her car had substantial damage but she told police she thought she had hit a construction barrel. Police took Millard to a restaurant in Champaign where the truck driver was and he identified her as the driver who hit him.
Police reported Millard appeared lethargic and drowsy, had slurred speech, was unable to focus, and had slow, stiff movements. She also showed indicators of impairment on field sobriety tests, the prosecutor said.
Dornik said Millard had anti-anxiety medication on her for which she did not have a prescription. Additionally, she initially told police that she was her sister, a fact that authorities didn't discover until a month later when her sister received notice in the mail of a suspension of her driving privileges and contacted police.
Dornik said she filed an obstructing justice charge against Millard for that, but dismissed it as part of her guilty plea agreement.
Millard had prior convictions for driving under the influence, resisting a peace officer, endangering the life or health of a child and deceptive practices, Dornik said.