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Murphysboro man sentenced to 4 years for aggravated DUI


A Murphysboro man was sentenced to four years for a DUI charge.

The Jackson County State’s Attorney announced on Monday that Stephen Phose, 55, of Murphysboro, was sentenced to four years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for aggravated driving while under the influence.

On May 28, 2015, the Murphysboro Police Department responded to a call on North 17th Street in Murphysboro, during which a gray 1999 Lincoln Continental headed southbound crossed into the officers’ lane of traffic up onto a curb and struck a stop sign.

The vehicle then pulled back onto the street, and the driver waved for the officers to go around him. The officers made an attempt to stop the vehicle, but the driver refused the officers’ commands and proceeded northbound on 16th Street. Near the intersection with Poplar Street, the vehicle turned into a private driveway and drove through the yard of the home.

The vehicle continued down an alley, and was eventually stopped on North 17th Street.

Officers identified the driver as Phose, and quickly learned he was driving with a revoked license.

Phose was taken into custody. He performed field sobriety tests, which he failed.

He refused to provide a breath sample.

Phose was charged with one count of aggravated driving under the influence, a Class 1 Felony; driving while license is revoked, a Class 4 felony; motor vehicle accident involving damage to a vehicle, a Class A misdemeanor; and a number of other petty offenses.

On July 21, Phose pleaded open to the aggravated DUI charge in exchange for dismissal of the other charges.

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