Judge gives prison sentence to repeat DUI offender

Joseph Ehrhardt
Posted: Mar. 1, 2013 8:25 am Updated: Mar. 15, 2013 9:15 am

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

A Camp Point man was sentenced to three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections Thursday on an aggravated DUI charge.

Joseph W. Ehrhardt, 27, was eligible to receive between three and seven years in after he pleaded guilty to the Class 2 felony charge on Dec. 21. He was eligible for parole, but Judge William Mays decided to sent Ehrhardt to prison.

Ehrhardt had been on felony probation three times in the last 10 years. He received 23 months probation in 2003 after pleading guilty to possession of a controlled substance. While on probation, he was convicted of obstruction of justice in 2005 and received 24 months probation. He was charged with his first aggravated DUI charge in 2006 while still on probation from the 2005 charge.

Even though the Adams County Probation Department had suggested probation, Assistant State's Attorney Jennifer Cifaldi strongly argued that Ehrhardt should be sentenced to prison.

Ehrhardt was charged with two DUIs within a month's time early in 2012. He was charged with a misdemeanor DUI after a Jan. 15 arrest when his blood alcohol content was found to be .181, more than twice Illinois' legal limit of .08.

While he was on bond for that arrest, Ehrhardt was again arrested for DUI after he was involved in a one-car accident in northern Adams County on Feb. 14. Ehrhardt had a BAC level of .239, nearly three times the legal limit. He was also charged with a misdemeanor DUI for the Feb. 14 incident and was sentenced to 360 days in the Adams County Jail. That sentence will be served concurrent to his prison sentence.