CHARLESTON -- A woman avoided a conviction for fighting with a police officer when she admitted to the DUI offense that reportedly led to the incident.

Latosha L. Chapel, 44, whose address on record is 803 West Park Plaza, Mattoon, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.

The charge was in connection with a Sept. 25 incident during which she also reportedly bit a police officer. With the agreement in the case, a felony aggravated battery charge was dismissed.

Terms of Chapel's two-year probation sentence included counseling with anger management as well as alcohol treatment.

She was also ordered to pay about $1,300 in fines and court fees, while jail time was stayed, meaning she won't have to serve it if she follows her other requirements. A charge of illegal transportation of alcohol was also dismissed.

Coles County Circuit Judge Brien O'Brien accepted a plea agreement in the case, which Assistant State's Attorney Rob Scales and Public Defender Anthony Ortega recommended.

Records indicate that the incident took place after police responded to a report of a vehicle stuck on a parking block in the lot at Slumberland Furniture, 222 Broadway Avenue East, Mattoon.

In other cases in court recently, O'Brien also accepted guilty pleas from:

  • Devell J. Wilson, 23, for whom records list addresses on Ninth Street and on Second Street in Charleston, to a misdemeanor domestic battery charge alleging he pushed a woman to the ground on July 4.

A felony charge accusing Wilson of have a painkiller medication without a prescription was dismissed. Terms of his one-year probation sentence included counseling with specific domestic violence treatment.

The prosecution also agreed to not seek revocation of the probation sentence Wilson received for an earlier drug conviction, so he won't be re-sentenced in that case. Bower and Danley recommended the plea agreement.

  • Kimberly R. White, 37, whose address on record is 3501 Prairie Ave., Mattoon, to a misdemeanor theft charge alleging she stole two guns from a man during September or October of last year.

A felony charge of possession of a stolen firearm was dismissed and White was placed on probation for two years. Terms included payment of $450 in restitution along with about $500 in fines and court fees.

Scales and defense attorney Chris Wetzel recommended the plea agreement.


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