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Reick gets supervision, fines, counseling

Friday, Aug 30, 2019

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Republican state Rep. Steven Reick will still be able to drive after he pleaded guilty Friday to DUI in Sangamon County Circuit Court. Democratic state Rep. Kam Buckner’s DUI case has yet to be resolved. Buckner has pleaded not guilty.

Illinois State Police arrested Reick for DUI in Springfield on May 2. He took a breath test that showed his breath-alcohol concentration was 0.146 percent, nearly twice the legal limit. Dashcam video showed the Republican from Woodstock stumbling and admitting that he had too much to drink.

After Friday’s hearing in Springfield, he referred questions to the initial statement he made after he was arrested.

“I made a stupid and regrettable decision last night and accept full responsibility for my actions,” Reick said at the time.

Reick’s attorney, Scott Sabin, said Friday that his client pleaded guilty.

“He’s, I don’t want to say pleased, but ‘relieved’ is a better word, that this matter is put behind him in the court process,” Sabin said. “He’s been placed under court supervision, so long as he abides by the law and stays out of trouble, this won’t appear on his record and be happy to put this behind him.”

The year-long supervision comes with more than $1,600 in fines. Reick was also ordered to complete ten hours of counseling.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

6 Comments
  1. - Lucky Pierre - Friday, Aug 30, 19 @ 12:46 pm:

    Remember this key word after a few drinks

    UBER

    It could save you thousands of dollars and make everyone safer

    No excuse for driving while intoxicated. The harsh penalties imposed have been a very effective deterrent


  2. - SpfdNewb - Friday, Aug 30, 19 @ 1:00 pm:

    ^^^^ also ask the bartender, they are willing to order you a ride home, either an uber/lyft or a taxi. They do not want you driving either.


  3. - Annon3 - Friday, Aug 30, 19 @ 1:16 pm:

    Best course of action for first offender get in plead and start your supervision. Make it yesterday’s news as fast as possible.


  4. - Bourbon. Street - Friday, Aug 30, 19 @ 1:19 pm:

    Also remember “designated driver” if you’re going out with a group. Call a friend or family member if all else fails—better to irritate someone over having to give you a ride rather than irritate someone over bail money.


  5. - Grandson of Man - Friday, Aug 30, 19 @ 1:22 pm:

    “stumbling and admitting that he had too much to drink”

    Stumbling due to intoxication is a beyond-bad sign for a driver. The rep got off lightly. Glad no one was hurt. May he never do this again and hope he gets help if needed.


  6. - Sayitaintso - Friday, Aug 30, 19 @ 3:27 pm:

    He screwed up badly, thankfully caught before any accident occurred. He will pay a price (yes, maybe too small a price), but he fessed up and accepted full responsibility. Unlike so many that try to weasel out, which to me, only compounds their offense.


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