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Auditor General William Holland arrested for alleged DUI
SPRINGFIELD-Auditor General William G. Holland was arrested in Springfield for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol.
State police in a marked vehicle stopped 61-year-old Holland, of Springfield, at 11:43 p.m. Wednesday night after driving erratically, according to reports filed at the Sangamon County circuit clerk’s office.
Police reported that while driving a 1999 red Ford on a dry, clear night, Holland “committed improper lane usage, had a very strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath, red bloodshot, glassy eyes, [and] failed all standard field sobriety tests.”
“Mr. Holland was not driving a state vehicle and was not on state time – he was alone,” said Jim Dahlquist, administrative manager for the Illinois office of the auditor general, in an email Friday afternoon.
“We do not anticipate any impact on [Holland's] ability to carry out his duties.”
After making the arrest, police took Holland to Sangamon County jail where at 12:35 a.m. he refused to commit a breath test for blood alcohol concentration.
Springfield resident Amy Schmidt, 47, posted Holland’s $100 bail, the required 10 percent of the $1,000 bond.
Holland had a clean driving record prior to Wednesday, a spokesperson for Secretary of State Jesse White said Friday, and as a first-time offender his driver’s license could be suspended for a minimum 12 months if he is convicted.
Holland is scheduled to appear at the Sangamon County courthouse on March 14.
The auditor general audits public funds of the state and reports findings and recommendations to the General Assembly and to the governor. Holland was first appointed to the post in 1992 and was unanimously reappointed to his third consecutive 10-year term last August.
Holland did not return phone calls by press time Friday morning.
The story was first reported by the Illinois Times, an alternative weekly newspaper in Springfield.