CHARLESTON -- A man accused of causing an accident that killed a rural Mattoon woman on Tuesday is now jailed facing a felony offense.
James W. Miller, 56, of Terre Haute, Ind., was arrested on a warrant on Thursday, according to a news release from the Coles County Sheriff's Office.
Miller has been charged with aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol. It accuses him of driving while his blood alcohol content was more than the legal limit and causing the accident that resulted in the death of April L. Fisher.
For a DUI charge when a fatality takes place, there's a "presumption" of prison time over probation with a conviction, county State's Attorney Brian Bower said. The possible prison term for the offense is three to 14 years.
Miller appeared in bond court Friday morning and his bond was set at a level requiring $25,000 to be posted for release from custody.
However, his bond conditions include a requirement that he be evaluated for substance abuse treatment and be released from jail only if he enters treatment.
Also, Miller would be required to wear an electronic bracelet that detects alcohol consumption and also wear a global positioning system device if released from jail.
He requested time to hire an attorney and Circuit Judge Brien O'Brien scheduled his first court appearance with his attorney for Thursday.
Miller was southbound on Loxa Road about 11:40 a.m. Tuesday when he ran through the stop sign at Illinois Route 316 and collided with the vehicle driven by Fisher, according to the sheriff's office.
Fisher, who was 38 and lived on East Lake Paradise Road, Mattoon, died at the scene.
Miller was airlifted after the accident to Carle Foundation Hospital and was there earlier Thursday, according to a Carle representative.
The sheriff's office indicated he was issued citations for DUI, improper use of an electronic communications device, disobeying a stop sign and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.