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CHARLESTON -- A specific treatment program will be required for a man who admitted stealing a delivery person's car then driving it while intoxicated.

Dylan J. Smith, 22, for whom court records list an address in Macon, pleaded guilty to charges of possession of a stolen vehicle and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Smith was accused of stealing a car belonging to a delivery driver at the Charleston Jimmy John's restaurant on May 1 of last year.

When police located him later, tests showed a blood alcohol content for Smith of 0.183 percent, more than twice the level for a DUI offense, according to case records.

The stolen vehicle charge was a felony offense and, with the agreement reached, Smith was placed on probation for two years.

Probation requirements included participation in the Treatment Alternative for Safe Communities program.

The program focuses on addiction-related crimes and tries to connect criminal defendants with community services to try to end criminal behavior.

For the misdemeanor DUI charge, Smith received two years of court supervision, so he won't have a record of a conviction for that offense if he completes it successfully.

Evaluations for other substance abuse treatment and counseling were also ordered and payment of nearly $2,500 in fines and court fees was also part of the sentence.

Jail time was stayed, meaning Smith won't have to serve it if he follows his other requirements.

Coles County Circuit Judge Brien O'Brien sentenced Smith by accepting the terms of a plea agreement that Assistant State's Attorney Tom Bucher and defense attorney Thomas Bordenkircher recommended.

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

  • Christopher A. Lamanske, 45, for whom records list addresses of 1108 DeWitt Ave., Mattoon, and in Casey, to a methamphetamine delivery charge.

Lamanske admitted selling or distributing the drug on Aug. 1. With the agreement in his case, he was placed on probation for 2 1/2 years for the conviction that also could have resulted in a three- to seven-year prison sentence.

Probation terms included a substance abuse treatment evaluation, payment of about $2,000 in fines and fees and stayed jail time.

O'Brien accepted a plea agreement that Assistant State's Attorney Joy Wolf and Public Defender Anthony Ortega recommended.

  • Louis D. Turner, 20, whose address on record is 331 W. Harrison Ave., Charleston, to a misdemeanor attempted forgery charge

Turner allegedly tried to use counterfeit currency for a purchase at the Casey's store at 1900 18th St., Charleston, on Aug. 5.

A felony forgery charge was dismissed and terms of Turner's two-year probation sentence included a treatment evaluation and about three months in jail.

Bucher and Ortega recommended the plea agreement.


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