Elder, who was hired in 2006 as the Rockets' athletic director and head football coach, was charged July 15 with driving under the influence of alcohol after Spring Grove police stopped his vehicle on Route 173 shortly after midnight, according to police reports. Police reports show that Elder refused to take any sobriety tests.
Online court records from McLean County show that the 44-year-old administrator, who made $91,185 as athletic director for the 2015-16 school year, was found guilty of DUI in connection with incidents in 1991 and 1995, along with a felony theft conviction from a 1991 incident.
Elder did not return a phone call seeking comment.
DUI convictions are a permanent part of a person's driving record, according to a DUI fact book published by the Illinois Secretary of State's Office.
Penalties for a third DUI conviction include a mandatory minimum of 10 days in jail or 480 hours of community service. Other penalties can include a loss of driving privileges for at least 10 years, three to seven years in prison, up to four years of probation and up to $25,000 in fines.