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Harvard man gets probation after pleading guilty to DUI

Published: Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 5:08 p.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 12:19 a.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – A McHenry County judge ordered intensive probation for a Harvard man who admitted to drunken driving stemming from an arrest in which he was more than twice the legal limit and driving with a child in the car.

Jason A. Bowling, 33, blew a 0.229 at the time of his arrest, Assistant State's Attorney David Metnick said. Three months after his arrest in McHenry County, Bowling was arrested on another DUI in Wisconsin. Charges in Fontana, Wis. are still pending.

In that incident, he was driving with a 0.118 blood-alcohol content and again had his 9-year-old son in the car, Metnick said.

Bowling initially was charged by Harvard Police on March 30, 2012, with a misdemeanor driving under the influence, but prosecutors later enhanced it to a felony upon learning that the child was in the car.

Bowling previously pleaded guilty to aggravated driving under the influence, a Class 4 felony.

McHenry County Judge Gordon Graham sentenced the man Friday. He was given 180 days in McHenry County Jail, will be put on electronic monitoring, and perform 200 hours of community service.

Metnick asked that the judge sentence Bowling to three years in prison.

Bowling told the judge he had been sober since August.

– Chelsea McDougall

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