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Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016 12:06 am

PROBATION FOR DUI

Randy Blue, deputy inspector general for the Illinois Secretary of State’s office, is facing discipline at work after pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated.

A 12-year-old girl suffered a leg injury when Blue left his lane of travel and collided with a vehicle that was headed the opposite direction on Iron Bridge Road last January. The girl was a passenger in the vehicle that Blue hit. Testing showed that Blue had a blood-alcohol content of more than .14 percent.

Dave Druker, spokesman for Secretary of State Jesse White, said that Blue will be disciplined as a result of his guilty plea and that discipline will involve time off work.

Blue pleaded guilty in July and received a year of probation, plus a requirement that he perform 150 hours of community service. Because Blue was once a Sangamon County assistant state’s attorney, the case was prosecuted by the Illinois State’s Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor’s office.

Drunken driving accidents that result in “grave bodily injury” can be prosecuted as felonies. The injured girl suffered a cracked bone that healed with rest, said prosecutor Charles Colburn, and prosecutors kept track of her medical condition before deciding how to resolve the case. The girl’s family approved of the way the case was handled, he said.

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