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Driver sentenced for phony report

A Naplate driver was sentenced Friday for lying to police to cover up a traffic crash.

William H. Hardee, 59, was sentenced to jail time, conditional discharge and to pay restitution for making a bogus police report last summer.

Hardee was involved in a two-vehicle collision July 30 on Route 170, about nine miles east of Streator, with both vehicles flipping and rolling. Hardee fled the scene on foot and later made up a story for police, saying two black men abducted him at a Streator gas station, roughed him up, dumped him in the country and took off with his vehicle. Hardee later admitted he concocted the story because his drivers license was revoked.

Hardee also was charged with several traffic violations, but these were dropped in exchange for him pleading guilty to making the false report. The dropped charges were driving while license revoked, failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident, improper lane usage, failing to report an accident and failing to give information or aid after an accident.

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