Clinton man charged with using ATV to run over and kill seven deer

January 24, 2012 at 01:25 PM

CLINTON – A Clinton man is facing up to 50 misdemeanor charges for allegedly running over and killing seven deer in Feb. 2010 with an all-terrain vehicle.

Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police announced Tuesday that criminal charges were being sought against Chevy L. Miller of Clinton.

He was arrested Jan. 22 as part of an ongoing investigation into the incidents that occurred near Clinton Lake.

Miller, 26, is being charged with seven counts each of animal torture, animal harassment by motor vehicle, hunting with the aid of a motor vehicle and other hunting violations.

He also is charged with one count of criminal trespass on Clinton Power Station property.

Another man, Clay A. Reeves, was arrested and indicted on similar charges in July 2010.

The investigation began in Feb. 2010 after a citizen contacted conservation police about an injured deer near the Clinton Power Station.

More information was gathered through citizen tips to the DeWitt County and Clinton Crime Stoppers. 

Other agencies, including the Illinois State Police Forensic Science Unit, DeWitt County Sheriff’s Department, and the Clinton Police Department, assisted in the investigation.

Charges involving Chevy Miller include:

7 counts of animal torture (Class A misdemeanor)

7 counts of animal harassment by motor vehicle (Class A misdemeanor)

7 counts hunting between one-half hour after sunset and one-half hour before sunrise (Class A misdemeanor)

7 counts hunting with aid of a motor vehicle (Class A misdemeanor)

7 counts of hunting by aid of lights attached to motor vehicle (Class A misdemeanor)

7 counts of hunting without permission (Class B misdemeanor)

7 counts of unlawful taking of deer (Class B misdemeanor)

1 counts of criminal trespass to real property (Class B misdemeanor)

Class A misdemeanors are punishable by six months to one year in jail and up to $2,500 in fines.

Class B misdemeanors are punishable by one to six months in jail and up to $1,500 in fines.

Miller is the second individual charged in the case. 

The investigation is ongoing and other charges are possible.