In Illinois, a man from Riverton, once convicted of a fatal hit and run incident six years ago, has recently been arrested again, by Illinois State Police—this time for aggravated DUI charges, driving with a revoked license as well as illegal transportation of alcohol and four petty traffic offenses. He was being held on a $150,000 bond.
According to the First Assistant State’s Attorney, John Milhiser the 33 year-old offender, Stephen Rexroad was convicted of a DUI nine years ago and had supervision which was later revoked.
Six years ago, Stephen Rexroad was sentenced to 10 years in prison for fleeing the scene of a hit and run accident which resulted in the untimely death of Michael Collier, 47 years old; however, Milhiser contests Rexroad, “served only a fraction of his sentence.”
A dismayed Milhiser said, “…today he’s driving again without a license. And we are going to prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law,” and pointed out because of Rexroad’s prior record, he could get a maximum sentence of six years in jail. Without his tarnished past, he would be looking at one to three years in prison.
On August 19th, Rexroad was due to appear at Sangamon County Court. Last year, in the state of Illinois, Chicago had the most DUI arrests with 4,341—however, this was a welcomed drop from 2008’s 5,262 DUI arrests. Additionally, the Illinois city with the greatest increase, percentage-wise, was Evanston which rose from 126 to 220 DUI arrests—a 74% increase.
Back in 1996, nearly 2,894 drivers were arrested in Illinois for alcohol-related DUI while 456 fatal accidents, where at least one driver had a BAC of 0.8% or higher, occurred. According to reports, underage drinking and driving has been a major concern for the state regarding DUI.