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Clinton County woman had DUI arrest prior to crash with motorcyclist

Christy Cummins, left, and Josh Doerr
Christy Cummins, left, and Josh Doerr

A woman accused of being drunk when she crashed her SUV into a motorcyclist in rural Highland has a clean driving record, even though she got arrested for DUI in 2012.

Christy G. Cummins’ driving record with the Illinois Secretary of State has no blemishes because she received court supervision in the 2012 DUI case, which is from Clinton County. She was fined $1,000 and successfully completed the terms of the court supervision, such as not violating any criminal or traffic laws for one year, performing 100 hours of community service, and avoiding alcohol and bars for one year. Because she successfully completed the court supervision, she has no conviction on her record.

Cummins, 37, was charged on Thursday in Madison County with aggravated driving under the influence and failure to report an accident with an injury in connection with a hit-and-run that left a Pocahontas man with serious injuries.

Cummins, of Carlyle, was arrested shortly after the collision, which occurred about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday in rural Madison County, near Highland.

Deputies tracked her down through one of her license plates, which was knocked off her SUV in the collision and was found at the scene, Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons said.

Josh Doerr, 31, was on a motorcycle that was parked when he was struck by a 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Cummins, according to court records. Doerr was flown to Saint Louis University Hospital, where he remained Friday.

Cummins received the 2012 DUI citation in New Baden. She was stopped about 3 a.m. on May 27, 2012, after she drove into the grass along a highway. New Baden Police reported that Cummins had a blood-alcohol level of 0.16 percent, which is double the 0.08 percent threshold for a DUI citation in Illinois.

The terms of her court supervision also included participating in a victim-impact panel.

0.16 percent Cummins’ blood-alcohol level in 2012 DUI

0.08 percent Threshold for DUI in Illinois

Family members on Thursday said Josh Doerr was in a coma and had his right kidney removed.

Cummins’ bail on the new Madison County charges had been set at $70,000. Sheriff’s deputies said Friday that she had been released from jail on bond.

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