DECATUR - Illinois Rep. Ron E. Stephens, R-Greenville, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol in Macon County Circuit Court on Tuesday morning.

Stephens, an assistant minority leader of the Illinois House, was arrested by a Decatur police officer about 8 p.m. March 15, after he was observed crossing the center line and hitting a curb on U.S. 51.

Stephens, who has no prior record of DUI offenses, according to the Illinois Secretary of State's Office, was sentenced to one year supervision, plus $1,410 in fees and court costs.

Stephens appeared before Associate Judge Scott B. Diamond, alongside his attorney Greg Fombelle. Diamond asked him if he agreed to the plea, agreed to refrain from drinking alcohol and understood that he could receive a jail sentence if he violated supervision. Stephens responded affirmatively to all the judge's questions.

As a condition of his supervision, Stephens was ordered to refrain from drinking alcohol for one year.

His driver's license has been suspended, effective from April 30 to Oct. 30, according to Dave Druker, spokesman for the Secretary of State's Office.

When Stephens was stopped by Decatur police officer Steven Hagemeyer in March, he was given a breath test, which showed his blood-alcohol level at 0.101 percent, above the legal limit for driving of 0.08 percent.

After the disposition hearing, Stephens said he would not make any statements, because he had already made a statement.

Shortly after his arrest, Stephens issued a statement saying he exercised poor judgment and was truly sorry for his actions.

Stephens has been serving in the Illinois House since 1985, with the exception of two years.

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