A routine traffic stop on the night of April 6 led to a 43-year-old Illinois man being charged with drunk driving for the fifth time according to a report from the St. Charles Police Department. The St. Charles resident was being held at the Kane County Jail on charges of aggravated DUI and driving while under the influence of alcohol with a revoked license.

The man’s fortunes took a turn for the worse when his 2006 Jeep was pulled over by a SCPD officer on East Main Street in St. Charles. The officer pulled the vehicle over because a computer check had allegedly indicated that the man was driving with a revoked driver’s license. The officer claims that the man admitted that he consumed alcohol before getting behind the wheel. He was taken into custody after allegedly failing to properly complete a series of field sobriety tests.

A records check is said to have revealed that the man had been in trouble with the law on several previous occasions including drunk driving arrests in Wheaton in 2003 and Windfield in 2005. If the man is able to gather the money necessary to post his bond, he will be required to wear a device designed to detect alcohol use. He is scheduled to appear in a Kane County court on April 17.

Attorneys with drunk driving defense experience may advise clients to be courteous and polite to police officers but make no admissions regarding drinking or drug use. The results of breath and blood tests are generally the key pieces of evidence in these cases, but they may be deemed unreliable in certain situations. However, criminal defense attorneys could find it difficult to convince prosecutors to reduce or dismiss drunk driving charges even in these circumstances when their clients have confessed.

Source: The St. Charles Patch, “St. Charles Man Faces Fifth DUI Charge After Traffic Stop: Police”, Rebecca Bream, April 9, 2019