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Chana man gets 3 years for DUI

Was involved in crash with a Rochelle school bus in 2013

Published: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST

OREGON – A Chana man was sentenced to 3 years for a DUI stemming from a crash last year with a Rochelle school bus.

Neel Hanke, 67, was awaiting sentencing on his second DUI when he hit the bus on Sept. 19. No one was injured.

Hanke, whose blood-alcohol level was 0.16 – twice the legal limit of 0.08 – testified at his sentencing Monday in Ogle County Court. He said he was 284 days sober and had completed 75 hours of counseling at Sinnissippi Centers in Rochelle and 12 weeks of aftercare. He also has been attending AA meetings regularly, he said.

His attorney sought a sentence of 90 days plus probation; the prosecutor asked for 5 years.

He was sentenced to the 3 years, with credit for a week served in September, followed by 2 years of supervised release. He must turn himself in on July 27.

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