Former U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton has pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol and has surrendered his driver's, according to Madison County court documents filed in July.

Wigginton, who was arrested by Troy police in May, also will be under court supervision for a year and will pay a $1,500 fine.

The former prosecutor also had faced charges of failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident, leaving the scene of an accident after exiting Interstate 55/70 at U.S. Route 40 and driving with one headlight.

Represented by Curt Dawson of Edwardsville, Wigginton initially entered a not-guilty plea in June. He changed his plea on July 11.

He was ticketed by patrol officer Bryan Brown, who indicated in an arrest report that Wigginton's speech was slurred, eyes were red and glassy and breath smelled strongly of alcohol when he was pulled over at around 10 p.m. on May 23.

Wigginton refused to take a breath test, and signed a statement that for his refusal he would lose his license for at least a year.

Illinois appellate prosecutor David Rands had been appointed to handle the case after Madison County State's Attorney Thomas Gibbons declared a conflict of interest on June 7. Wigginton is a former employee of the Madison County State's Attorney's Office.

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