A man who was previously convicted of killing someone in a drunk driving crash has been sentenced to two years in prison for driving drunk in Fox Lake and causing a crash.
Matthew M. Bougher, 29, of Oak Park, was charged in August 2021 with aggravated driving under the influence, two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was later indicted by a grand jury on two counts of aggravated driving under the influence.
Court documents show Bougher was involved in a crash on August 27, 2021, at Route 12 and Hartigan Road in Fox Lake.
The crash occurred in the southbound lanes of Route 12 and no injuries were reported.
Bougher had been driving a 2020 Jeep Renegade and officers determined he was driving under the influence of alcohol, court documents show.
They also found him in possession of drug paraphernalia, court records show.
In January 2015, Bougher was charged in a wrong-way driving crash that occurred on Interstate 290 at Des Plaines Avenue in Forest Park.
Bougher was driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash, which killed a 29-year-old man and left several others seriously injured.
He was convicted of reckless homicide and aggravated driving under the influence and sentenced to three years in prison. He was paroled in 2017.
Court records show Bougher entered into a negotiated plea deal with the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office earlier this month for his latest case.
He pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated driving under the influence, a Class 3 felony, and prosecutors dismissed his other charges.
Lake County Judge Christopher Stride sentenced Bougher to two years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Bougher will receive one day of credit for time served before the sentence, which will be served at 50%.
Bougher is serving his sentence in the Lincoln Correctional Center and is projected to be paroled on January 3, 2024.