Drunken driver sentenced to jail

A chronic drunken driver has been sentenced to six months in jail, after being arrested just over a year ago for driving under the influence of alcohol in Naperville.

Miriam Mercado lives on the 1300 block of Monomoy Street in Aurora. She remained Tuesday in DuPage County Jail in Wheaton.

Mercado, 39, pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony charges of aggravated DUI on a suspended or revoked license, and driving with a license that had been suspended or revoked for DUI for the third time, according to records on file in DuPage County Circuit Court. Companion charges of aggravated DUI/third violation, DUI, driving without insurance and improper lane use were dismissed in exchange for that plea, records indicated.

Judge Daniel P. Guerin accepted Mercado’s plea and sentenced her to 180 days in jail, records showed. Guerin also placed her on two years of probation, according to records.

Naperville police arrested Mercado about 1 a.m. on Dec. 8, 2012, on the city’s far northwest side.

Cmdr. Lou Cammiso that month said a patrol officer was watching as Mercado improperly changed lanes while driving her gray, 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer south on Route 59 from McDowell Road.

The officer followed the SUV and curbed it near North Aurora Road and Route 59, a few blocks to the south, Cammiso said. The officer took Mercado into custody after she failed field sobriety tests, he said.

An examination of Kane County Circuit Court records revealed Aurora police in March 2008 stopped Mercado in the vehicle she was driving and charged her with aggravated DUI.

That count was dismissed that July, and Mercado instead was convicted of DUI, records indicated. A judge placed her on 18 months of court supervision and ordered her to undergo alcohol abuse counseling.

Aurora police arrested Mercado again in December 2009, and again charged her with aggravated DUI. A judge in April 2011 sentenced her to 12 days of periodic imprisonment in Kane County Jail and ordered her to pay a total of $3,565 in fines and legal costs, records showed.