Sentenced to prison for Felony DUI
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[June 23, 2014]
LINCOLN - On June 19, 2014, the
Honorable William Yoder, Associate Judge of the Eleventh Judicial
Circuit accepted a fully negotiated plea agreement involving two
felony DUI cases filed against Jonathan Hinkle.
Mr. Hinkle was sentenced to 4 years in the Illinois Department of
Corrections for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol in Logan
County Case No. 13 CF 3. Mr. Hinkle was also sentenced to 4 years in
the Illinois Department of Corrections for Driving Under the
Influence of Alcohol in Logan County Case No. 13 CF 225. The
sentences run consecutive to each other for a total combined prison
sentence of 8 years.
Both cases arose out of traffic stops made by a Logan County
Sheriff’s Deputy - the first on January 4, 2013 and the second on
October 27, 2013. In both instances, the Sheriff’s Deputy observed
erratic driving of a pickup truck on Illinois State Route 10 west of
Lincoln. Once each traffic stop was initiated, the Sheriff’s Deputy
identified the driver as Mr. Hinkle and observed additional evidence
of Mr. Hinkle’s impairment such as slurred speech and an odor of
alcoholic beverage coming from his person.
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Each charge of driving under the influence of alcohol was a
Class 1 felony based upon Mr. Hinkle’s history of four prior
violations of DUI. “Driving under the influence of alcohol or
any other substance is a serious offense. The public is at risk
when a person gets behind the wheel of a vehicle and drives
impaired,” stated Jonathan Wright. “The Logan County Sheriff’s
Department is to be commended for their efforts in keeping our
roads safe,” added Wright.
[Text received; THE OFFICE OF LOGAN
COUNTY STATE'S ATTORNEY JONATHAN WRIGHT]