Fisher man charged after third DUI arrest in two months

By MARY SCHENK
For the Rantoul Press


URBANA — A Fisher man arrested for the third time in two months for suspected drunken driving has been charged with aggravated driving under the influence.

Assistant State’s Attorney Chris Kanis said about 9:50 p.m. on Wednesday, a Fisher police officer in the 300 block of South Third Street saw a driver veering into the oncoming lane of traffic.

He ran the license plate and found the car registered to Leon W. Fairfield, 59, of Fisher, who had two outstanding warrants for failure to appear in court.

Fairfield was to have been in court Tuesday on misdemeanor DUI charges stemming from his arrests on Feb. 6 and Feb. 12, both of which occurred in Fisher.

Kanis said the officer smelled alcohol on Fairfield, who fell asleep while talking to the officer. He refused to submit to chemical testing and was arrested.

Aggravated driving under the influence is a Class 2 felony carrying penalties ranging from probation to three to seven years in prison upon conviction.
Judge Michael Q. Jones set Fairfield’s bond at $176,000 and scheduled his next court appearance for May 1.

mschenk@news-gazette.com

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