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Quincy teen sent to prison after second DUI conviction

Damien M. Baughman
Posted: Jun. 5, 2014 9:16 am Updated: Jun. 19, 2014 10:15 am

By DON O'BRIEN
Herald-Whig Staff Writer

For the second time in less than a year, a Quincy teen has pleaded guilty in Adams County Circuit Court to driving under the influence.

After receiving probation in his first case last year, Damien M. Baughman, 19, was sentenced to 51/2 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections on Wednesday by Judge Scott Walden. Baughman pleaded guilty to one count of felony aggravated DUI and a misdemeanor charge of driving on a revoked license. An obstruction of justice charge was dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

Baughman waived his right to a pre-sentence investigation so he could begin his prison sentence immediately. Walden agreed with Baughman's request for impact incarceration, which could considerably shorten his prison stay. The Department of Corrections still must accept Baughman into the program, commonly called boot camp. If he completes it, Baughman could be finished with his sentence in six months.

Baughman was arrested in the early morning of Feb. 28 after Quincy police were called to a residence in the 1000 block of South Seventh. Assistant State's Attorney Jennifer Cifaldi said a man living at a residence on the block suspected someone was trying to burglarize his vehicle, so he called police.

Cifaldi said the man's girlfriend saw Baughman get into the car and back it out of the driveway, leaving the car in the middle of the road.

Cifaldi said police who responded reported that Baughman was "highly intoxicated." He refused to take a breath test and was arrested.

Baughman lost his license as the result of a Nov. 2, 2012, incident on Quincy's south side. He was arrested after a series of hit-and-run accidents. Baughman failed a field sobriety test after he was taken to police headquarters. He underwent a breathalyzer test and recorded a 0.246 percent blood-alcohol content, more than three times the legal limit. According to the police report, Baughman admitted to drinking a fifth of Jack Daniel's.

He pleaded guilty to DUI and aggravated battery charges on July 23, 2013, and was sentenced to 24 months of probation Oct. 30.

Baughman has been in the Adams County Jail in lieu of a $10,000 bond since his arrestin February. He was given credit for 97 days served in the county jail.

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