On October 7th at approximately 9:30 p.m., LeRoy Police Department officers stopped the Illinois man near Interstate 74 and Illinois Route 136. Before the officers could complete their investigation or an arrest, the Illinois man fled the scene by running into a nearby corn field.
The LeRoy police officers attempted to locate the Illinois man, with assistance from the Downs and Normal police departments, McLean County Sheriff’s Office, and the Illinois State Police. Despite a coordinated search, law enforcement was ultimately unable to locate the Illinois man.
When law enforcement does locate and arrest the Illinois man, they expect to charge him with aggravated DUI, resisting arrest, and another crime. To understand the extent of criminal penalties this man could face once arrested and charged, it will be necessary to review several applicable Illinois statutes.
625 ILCS 5/11-501 provides the penalty structure for aggravated DUI in Illinois. On a threshold level, aggravated DUI qualifies as a Class 4 felony. The typical Illinois punishment for this type of felony includes one to three years in prison, up to $25,000 in criminal fines, and 12 months of mandatory supervised release.
That being said, any person who commits aggravated DUI for a third or subsequent time will face Class 2 felony charges. At that level, the usual Illinois punishment includes three to seven years in prison, up to $25,000 in fines, and 24 months of mandatory supervised release.
720 ILCS 5/31-1 outlines the penalty structure for resisting arrest in Illinois. Typically, resisting arrest qualifies as a Class A misdemeanor. The normal Illinois punishment for this type of misdemeanor includes 364 days in jail, $2,500 in criminal fines, and 24 months of court supervision. Additionally, Section 31-1 requires that any person who resists arrest spend at least 48 hours in jail or complete a minimum of 100 hours of community service.
If a person resists arrest and inflicts harm to a law enforcement officer, it qualifies as a Class 4 felony. Upon conviction for this type of felony, the offender will face the same or similar penalties described in the previous section for lower-level aggravated DUI offenses.
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