A local prosecutor in September will receive an award based on accomplishments that have helped in the fight against drunken driving, according to a news release from the McHenry County State's Attorney Office.
David Metnick, an assistant state's attorney, was recently nominated and selected to receive a 2014 Heroes Award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving, a national nonprofit organization that works against drunken driving and underage drinking.
The Heroes Award is in part due to Metnick's various successes in "high profile felony DUI cases over this past year," the news release states. He has held his assistant state's attorney title in McHenry County for seven and a half years.
One of the four cases cited in the release is that of Scott Hirschey, 50, of Crystal Lake, who was sentenced in May to two years in prison for aggravated DUI charges stemming from a 2012 arrest. The release states Hirschey had a previous conviction for a DUI causing a fatal traffic crash.
More recently, Metnick in July prosecuted a case that sent 33-year-old Jason Bowling of Harvard to the Illinois Department of Corrections for 26 months. Bowling was found to be under the influence of alcohol while operating a motorcycle with his 9-year-old son as passenger, the release states.
In 2012, there were 321 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities – 34 percent of all driving fatalities – in Illinois, according to a 2013 report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The report further indicates that number had risen by 15 percent from 2011 to 2012.
Nationally, there were 10,322 fatalities related to drunken driving in 2012, a 4.6 percent increase in the same time frame.
The 2014 MADD Heroes Banquet will be Sept. 6 at the Hilton Garden in Springfield.
For information, visit www.madd.org.