New Year’s reveler who kicked Naperville cop sentenced

The woman who earned the distinction of being the first person to be arrested in Naperville this year has been ordered to do public service work and write a letter of apology to the police officer she kicked early New Year’s Day.

Willette T. Duncan, 27, of Chicago’s north side, had faced trial in DuPage County Circuit Court in Wheaton on charges of aggravated battery of a police officer, resisting or obstructing a police officer and disorderly conduct/breach of peace.

Paul Darrah, spokesman for State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin, said Duncan on Monday was deemed eligible for admission into the county’s “pretrial diversion” program. Under that program, the charges against her will be formally dismissed next year if she fulfills all the conditions of her acceptance.

Those conditions include serving 20 days in the Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program, or SWAP; performing 50 hours of community service work; refraining from drinking alcoholic beverages; and writing a letter of apology to the Naperville police officer she kicked during the incident, Darrah said.

Written police reports showed Duncan was arrested about 12:22 a.m. Jan. 1 at Features Bar & Grill, a popular tavern and restaurant at 14 W. Chicago Ave. in downtown Naperville.

Sgt. Bill Davis in January said police who were sent to the bar “observed (Duncan) in the entryway of the business, urinating on the ground.” Security workers told police “they denied her entry when she refused to pay the cover charge” of $20, Davis said.

After being arrested and taken to the police station for processing, Duncan “resisted and kicked a police officer,” Davis said. The officer was not seriously injured, but Duncan’s behavior led to her being charged that morning with aggravated battery of a peace officer, resisting police and disorderly conduct, he said.

Duncan spent the rest of New Year’s Day and several more days in DuPage County Jail, after her bail was set at $75,000.

In addition to being the first person arrested in Naperville in 2014, Duncan also was the second person to be charged with a felony crime this year in DuPage County.

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