A Sangamon County judge Friday sentenced state Rep. Steve Reick to court supervision in connection with the politician’s May 1 drunken driving arrest.
Reick accepted the plea deal in a Springfield court almost four months after he told Illinois State Police officers during a traffic stop that he “had too much to drink.”
A state trooper had stopped Reick in connection with speeding the night of his arrest, but the trooper quickly discovered Reick was under the influence. Reick told the officer he was on his way to grab a burger after having a couple glasses of wine at a nearby bar, and that he’d had too much to drink.
When the state trooper asked about Reick’s general health, the representative replied, “I’m a state representative, so my mental is not as good as it should be.”
During a roadside sobriety test, Reick also claimed to have a “physical disability from some time ago” that prevents him from walking after dark.
He could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon, but he has said he “made a stupid and regrettable decision” and “accept[s] full responsibility” for his actions.
As a condition of his plea deal, Reick must complete alcohol counseling and attend a victim impact panel organized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Sangamon County First Assistant State’s Attorney Derek Dion said.
Reick also must pay $1,665 in court fines and costs, Dion said.
Prosecutors agreed to dismiss an additional count of DUI and a related traffic citation.
Reick has been driving with a Breathalyzer in his vehicle since June 18, when restrictions were placed on his license as a result of the arrest, according to the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office.
Reick’s attorney previously filed a petition seeking to keep any restrictions off the state representative’s license, but the matter never was argued in court, online records show.
Now Reick must continue to drive with the Breathalyzer in his vehicle until Dec. 17, when the driving restrictions are set to be lifted, Secretary of State spokesman Dave Druker said Friday.
If Reick successfully completes his supervision sentence, the DUI will not appear as a conviction on his record.