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February 23, 2019

5/1/2018 1:25:00 PM
Fuller out of prison, back in jail
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The Palestine Police Department arrested a male subject for driving under the influence of alcohol and other charges during a traffic stop Friday.

About 8:54 p.m. Officer Brandon Carpenter observed a 2012 white Chevrolet Impala traveling east on Illinois Route 33, which swerved across the center line of traffic on more than one occasion.

Carpenter initiated a DUI investigation traffic stop after the vehicle turned onto 1725E, and identified the driver as Craig A. Fuller, 36, Casey.

As a result of the roadside DUI investigation, Fuller was arrested and taken to the Crawford County Jail, where he was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol-refusal, illegal transportation of alcohol by driver and driving in the wrong lane. Fuller was charged, processed and is being held in the Crawford County Jail pending bond.

He had recently been released from the Illinois Department of Corrections, after being indicted for arson in 2014. According to reports in 2013, Fuller was found guilty of burning a hog barn near Trimble and an oil tank near Flat Rock in the spring of 2013.

Fuller was originally sentenced to seven years in prison, with two years supervised release, after he pleaded guilty to the charges.

Earlier that day, Palestine police also issued two citations to a Palestine man, who was also found under the influence.

According to the report, about 6:16 p.m. Carpenter was dispatched to the area of Franklin and Jackson in reference to a male subject allegedly urinating in public. Carpenter located the man, identified as Steven S. Engel, 37, in the 300 block of West Franklin.

While speaking with Engel, Carpenter detected a strong odor of a suspected alcoholic beverage emanating from Engel. Upon investigating further, Carpenter located suspected cannabis in Engel's possession, leading him to issue citations for unlawful possession of cannabis and public intoxication.

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