A McHenry man involved in a single-vehicle crash that sent him to the hospital in 2017 was sentenced to prison Monday for having cocaine in his car the day it collided with a utility pole.
David D. McDow, 27, accepted an offer from the McHenry County State's Attorney's Office Monday and pleaded guilty to a felony charge of delivery of a controlled substance. McHenry County Judge Michael Coppedge sentenced McDow to seven years in prison.
In exchange for McDow's guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to dismiss additional charges, several of which were tied to separate cases. The man's attorney, Sam Amirante, said McDow was satisfied with the plea deal and is ready to put the situation behind him.
"He has come such a long way," Amirante said. "He actually turned from a boy to a man and is very, very mature and responsible in everything that he does now."
McDow was arrested in June 2017 after he reportedly crashed his Chrysler Sebring into a utility pole in Woodstock, according to a July 30, 2018, court filing from the McHenry County State's Attorney's Office.
While McDow was being treated for injuries, police conducted an inventory search of the man's vehicle before it was towed, according to the July 2018 court filing.
During the search, police discovered more than 6 grams of cocaine packaged and ready for sale, according to a news release the McHenry County State's Attorney's Office sent Monday.
Police later learned McDow's blood-alcohol level was .146 at the time of the crash, prosecutors stated in the July 2018 document.
Since his arrest, McDow has worked through some personal issues, his attorney said.
"He’s really turned his life completely around," Amirante said. "It’s sad to see him go away."