Driver using revoked license charged with third DUI

The urge to drive a car sometimes seems like it is programmed into human DNA. Even seven convictions for driving with a revoked license were not a sufficient deterrent for a Washington Park man who was recently arrested for allegedly driving with a revoked license and suspicion of drunk driving.

Police stopped the suspect on Illinois Route 161 on suspicion of speeding. According to police, the man agreed to a field sobriety test and was allegedly found to have a blood alcohol content level of 0.115%, 0.035 points above the legal limit of 0.08%. Police then learned that the man did not have a valid driver’s license and that he was free on bond in a pending bank robbery case. Police charged the man with felony repeat DUI and driving with a revoked license. He remains in custody subject to posting a $50,000 bond.

Court records show that the man has had other brushes with the legal system. The suspect was convicted of DUI in 2005 and 2006. Between 2003 and 2018, the man was charged nine times with driving on a revoked license. Seven of the nine charges resulted in convictions, while two of the convictions resulted in jail time.

Repeat DUI offenses automatically carry harsher sentences than initial misdemeanor charges. Anyone facing charges of a repeat DUI offense or driving with a revoked or invalid license may wish to consult an experienced DUI defense attorney for advice about the law and evidence that will decide the case. A knowledgeable defense lawyer can provide assistance in creating an effective defense strategy and in negotiating for a favorable plea bargain.

Source: Belleville News-Democrat, “Man charged with third DUI has 7 previous convictions for driving on a revoked license,” Kara Berg, March 5, 2018