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CHARLESTON -- A man was sentenced to prison Friday after he didn't show up in court after admitting to violations of his sentence for an earlier DUI conviction.

Thomas A. Carlson received an 18-month prison sentence for the charge of aggravated driving under the influence charge to which he pleaded guilty in January of last year.

With the agreement reached then, Carlson received the maximum probation term for the conviction, 2 1/2 years. However, he later faced resentencing after admitting violating his probation terms.

On Friday, Carlson, 54, whose most recent address on record is in Ozark in Johnson County in southern Illinois, was sentenced in absentia and Circuit Judge Brien O'Brien issued a no-bond warrant for his arrest.

Assistant State's Attorney Tom Bucher prosecuted the case and Public Defender Anthony Ortega represented Carlson.

The charge to which Carlson pleaded guilty was in connection with a traffic stop in rural Coles County on July 22, 2014, and a prison sentence of one to three years was possible for the conviction.

Court records show that prosecutors filed a petition to revoke his probation in April.

When Carlson appeared in court for status hearing on Nov. 13, an alcohol breath test was ordered and he was ordered hospitalized after the results were known, records show. Carlson was also jailed for two weeks after that for contempt of court.

He then admitting to violating his probation terms later that month, making him subject to resentencing.

Carlson, whose address on record at the time of his arrest was in Crestwood in Cook County, was stopped for speeding on the Coles County Highway 18 Interstate 57 access road, according to records in his case.

At that time, his blood alcohol content was more than three times the limit for a DUI charge, the records showed.

Carlson's original guilty plea was to a charge that accused him of driving while intoxicated in a vehicle he knew wasn't covered by insurance. Another DUI charge alleging his license was revoked was dismissed.

Traffic offense citations also dismissed at that time included speeding, improper lane use and illegal transportation of alcohol.


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