DeSoto, IL woman pleads guilty to aggravated DUI

DeSoto, IL woman pleads guilty to aggravated DUI

DESOTO, IL (KFVS) - A DeSoto, Illinois woman pleaded guilty to aggravated driving under the influence on June 29.

Jackson County State's Attorney Michael C. Carr says Meghan Stanton, 24, will be sentenced on Aug. 31 at 1 p.m. at the Jackson County Courthouse.

On Oct. 4, 2013, Carbondale police officers were dispatched to Attucks Park in Carbondale for a report of possible cannabis use. When officers arrived, they say they saw a 2013 Ford Edge being driven by Stanton.

Police say because of prior arrests, they knew Stanton had a suspended driver's license. They pulled her over on E. Chestnut Street in Carbondale.

When they approached the vehicle, police say they noticed a strong smell of burn cannabis coming from the vehicle. They say Stanton admitted to smoking cannabis at Attucks Park moments before being stopped.

Stanton was arrested for driving under the influence and was taken to a Carbondale hospital. While at the hospital, police say Stanton voluntarily provided a urine sample that was sent to the Illinois State Police crime lab for testing.

The results of those tests revealed that Stanton tested positive for THC, a chemical found in cannabis.

On Oct. 4, 2013, the Jackson County State's Attorney's Office charged Stanton with aggravated driving under the influence of cannabis and aggravated driving while license revoked.

On June 29, 2015, Stanton pleaded open to the aggravated DUI charge and the aggravated driving while license revoked was dismissed.

According to Carr, Stanton is eligible to receive up to one to three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections or 30 months of probation.

The investigation was conducted by the Carbondale Police Department and the Illinois State Police. Assistant State's Attorney Patrick Brewster was responsible for the prosecution of this case.

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