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DUI driver released on bond

After a judge declined a motion to increase her bond, the driver accused in the March 29 crash that led to the death of Michael Collins was released from McLean County Jail Monday.

The Pantagraph reported that Jamie Webb, 37, of Bloomington, had to post $50,025 to be released on the single count of aggravated driving under the influence. When Michael Collins died of head injuries on April 2, the state asked to double the bond amount.

Associate Judge Casey Costigan deemed the original $50,000 as sufficient, a Pantagraph report said.

After Costigan expressed his concern for the public’s safety, he issued some conditions that Webb will have to follow for the next several months.

Webb will be required to wear an ankle device, which will monitor her alcohol consumption. She will have a 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. curfew and will have to complete recommended drug and alcohol treatment.

Her other pretrial release violations include  not being able to operate a vehicle or communicate with Orlando Jones, the passenger who was in the car with her at the time of the accident.

Assistant State’s Attorney Brad Rigdon told the Pantagraph that Webb was on probation in a drug case when she was charged with the DUI.

Rigdon argued that the $500,000 bond was not sufficient enough for Webb to be released. He said Collins’ death and serious injuries suffered by senior public relations major Tawni Ricketts, who was a passenger in the same car, justified the $1 million bond.

Webb’s attorney Stephanie Wong said the $500,000 is enough because of her family and employment ties to the Bloomington-Normal community.

According to court documents, a Bloomington man secured a mortgage on his property to pay for Webb’s bond.

Webb plans to stay with a friend in Heyworth while her case is pending, The Pantagraph said.

A status hearing is scheduled for May 7.

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