The moment he ended up in the creek, he was up the creek without a paddle.
Jeffrey P. Allen, 42, of Monticello, pled guilty to an aggravated driving under the influence charge, reports the News-Gazette. After he entered his plea, the judge sentenced Allen to 14 years in prison.
Allen ended up "up the creek" when he crashed a van into a creek after failing to properly negotiate a curve in a county road outside of Saorus. The van belonged to his passenger, Kelli Cass, 34, of Springfield. She sustained minor injuries in the crash but was able to walk to a nearby home for help.
Allen's blood-alcohol content was 0.19 and he had traces of cannabis metabolites in his system, so he was violating multiple driving while intoxicated laws when he crashed the van. His rap sheet included three prior DUIs, two aggravated DUIs, and one conviction for leaving the scene of an accident involving injury.
Aggravated DUI charges can be charged in a number of instances, including:
- Being arrested for three or more DUIs
- Driving a school bus with someone 18 years of age or younger on board
- Getting into an accident that seriously injures or kills another
- Getting a DUI if you have previously been convicted of killing another while driving drunk
- Injuring another (regardless of seriousness of injury) while driving in a school speed zone
- Injuring a child passenger (regardless of seriousness of injury) under the age of 16
- Getting a DUI while driving with a revoked or suspended license due to a previous DUI
- Driving without a driver's license, permit, or car insurance
- Getting arrested a second time if transporting a child under the age of 16.
Because of his extensive record, he was charged with, and pled guilty to, a Class X felony. He faced a maximum penalty of thirty years in prison.
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