A Brownstown man charged with Aggravated DUI resulting in an accident or death made an appearance in Fayette County Court Tuesday. 47-year old Joseph Beshel appeared with defense attorney Lou Viverito for a preliminary hearing. Special Prosecutor Matt Goetten called Sheriff Deputy Ronnie Stevens to testify after which Judge Don Scheafor ruled that probable cause to continue had been found in the matter. Beshel is alleged to have had a blood alcohol level over the legal limit as well as THC in his system on the night of January 19th when his vehicle struck the front part of a vehicle driven by 47-year old Scott White of Brownstown as he was attempting to turn left into his driveway off of Route 40 west of Brownstown. White was later pronounced dead at Fayette County Hospital by Coroner Bruce Bowen. During the appearance, a bond modification was approved that will allow Beshel to leave the state of Illinois for work purposed only and that his employer must provide proof of his working out of state. Beshel is set to make his next appearance in court for a pretrial hearing on July 11 at 11am.
Story courtesy of Todd Stapleton at VandaliaRadio.com.