Man with 60-plus tickets sentenced for Naperville DUI

A Naperville man who has been ticketed or arrested more than 60 times in 20 years has been placed on a form of probation, after being found guilty for the second time of driving while drunk.

Dana S. Day, also served time in Will County Jail for possessing narcotics seven years ago in Joliet, according to records on file in Will County Circuit Court.

Day, 41, lives on the 1600 block of Estate Circle, in Naperville’s University Heights neighborhood. He pleaded guilty Monday in DuPage County Circuit Court in Wheaton to charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding 31 to 39 mph over the posted limit in the most recent case, court records showed.

Naperville police arrested Day about 10:34 p.m. on Jan. 17, 2013, as he drove a 2005 Pontiac Montana van at Orleans Avenue and Coach Drive.

A police spokesman said a patrol officer was monitoring the intersection that night “and observed the van blow the stop sign and screech (its) tires as it rounded the turn.” The officer’s radar unit reacted as Day then “sped up to 61 mph,” the spokesman said last year.

The officer stopped the van, spoke with Day and noted a strong odor of alcohol about him, the spokesman said. Court records indicated Day was ultimately charged with DUI, the transportation or possession of open alcohol, speeding and four lesser traffic infractions.

Associate Judge Anthony V. Coco on Monday accepted Day’s pleas of guilty to the drunken-driving and speeding charges, and placed him on 18 months of conditional discharge, according to records. Prosecutors from the state’s attorney’s office agreed not to pursue the other five counts in exchange for those pleas, records showed.

An examination of court documents revealed Day since 1994 has received more than 50 tickets from law enforcement agencies in Will County and more than 10 since 1997 from police agencies in DuPage County. Those charges have included excessive speeding, passing another vehicle on the shoulder of a road, driving without insurance and failure to wear a seat belt.

Romeoville police on April 27, 2003 arrested Day for driving drunk in that village. Court records indicated a judge four months later convicted Day, placing him on a year of court supervision and fining him.

Joliet police arrested Day on April 16, 2007 on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance, according to records. He was sentenced two months later to 180 days in jail, ordered to perform 30 hours of community service work and placed on two years of probation, records showed.

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