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Naperville traffic crash victim busted for pot

Bill Bird
wbird@stmedianetwork.com
May 21 2 p.m.

Daniel J. Mahon must still be smarting from the double dose of bad luck that befell him recently in Naperville.

First, the Elgin resident found himself on the losing end of a traffic crash on the city’s northeast side.

Things quickly went from not-so-bad to much, much worse, after the Naperville police officers who were investigating the crash retrieved three plastic bags that allegedly contained more than 40 grams of marijuana from the back seat of Mahon’s crumpled car.

Nor was it the first time Mahon found himself in a pot-related predicament. He was convicted 10 years ago of a similar crime.

Mahon, 33, is free on bond and scheduled to appear June 9 in DuPage County Circuit Court in Wheaton. He faces trial there on a felony charge of possession of more than 30 but not more than 500 grams of marijuana, according to court records.

Police arrested Mahon about 8:46 p.m. May 6, after his black, 2005 Lincoln Town Car was struck by a GMC Envoy sport utility vehicle at the intersection of Ogden Avenue and Naperville-Wheaton Road.

Sgt. Bill Davis said police officers who were sent to investigate the crash “could smell the odor of cannabis emanating from the interior” of the Town Car.

“A search of the vehicle resulted in the recovery of three small bags of marijuana from the back seat area,” Davis wrote in an email. The alleged contraband totaled 45.1 grams, he said.

“Mahon was found to be not under the influence” of marijuana or any other drug or alcohol, Davis said. He also “was determined to not be at fault” in the crash, he said,

The unidentified driver of the SUV received a ticket on a charge Davis’ email did not specify. The crash rendered both vehicles inoperable, and both had to be towed from the scene.

DuPage County court records showed Mahon was arrested in early October 2003 by Villa Park police, who charged him, as in the Naperville case, with possession of more than 30 but not more than 500 grams of marijuana.

The judge who in May 2004 found Mahon guilty of that charge ordered him to perform 50 hours of community service work and placed him on two years of probation, records indicated.

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