Naperville man arrested again for 100 mph driving

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A 24-year-old Naperville man who was charged last summer with driving at a speed of 124 mph while drunk has been arrested again, this time for allegedly driving at a speed of more than 100 mph.

Konnor W. Burns is free on bond, following his most recent arrest near the Naperville-Aurora border. Naperville police reports indicated he was charged with driving in excess of 35 mph over the posted speed limit, excessive speeding in a construction zone, failure to yield the right of way to an emergency vehicle, failure to signal, and failure to wear a seat belt.

Naperville Police Sgt. Bill Davis confirmed Burns’ most recent arrest came at about 2:42 a.m. Sunday on Liberty Street near the Chicago & North Western Railway tracks on Aurora’s far east side.

A Naperville police officer on routine patrol that morning saw a white, Honda CR-V traveling on Route 59 just south of North Aurora Road, Davis wrote Wednesday in an email. Much of Route 59 is under construction north and south of that intersection, and is designated as a reduced-speed construction zone.

The SUV, with Burns behind the wheel, was “headed south at a high rate of speed,” Davis said. The officer’s radar unit showed it traveling at 55 mph, while the construction zone speed limit is posted at 40 mph, he said.

“As it crossed Meridian Parkway, the car was speeding 83 mph, still in a 40 mph work zone,” Davis said. “At one point, the vehicle was traveling in excess of 100 mph.”

“The officer caught up to the vehicle, and was then able to activate (the squad car’s) emergency lights,” attempting to stop Burns on Liberty Street near Enterprise Drive, Davis said. “The vehicle did not immediately stop, and continued another half-mile” to the railroad crossing before coming to a halt, he said.

Davis said Burns was arrested and taken to the police station for processing. He “made no statements” concerning his driving or where he was going at the time.

Burns and his father, William A. Burns, were arrested just after 2 a.m. Sept. 7 at their home on the 1000 block of Sheringham Drive, in the Brighton Ridge area of central Naperville.

Konnor Burns that morning was charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving, resisting a peace officer and driving at a speed of 124 mph on a 45-mph section of Plainfield-Naperville Road not far from the family’s home. William Burns faces trial for allegedly lying to police investigators, claiming he, and not his son, had been driving the allegedly speeding, 2011 Dodge Charger.

An examination of documents on file in the DuPage County and Will County court systems revealed Konnor Burns has been found guilty at least nine times in seven years of speeding and other crimes.

Elmhurst police charged him in February 2012 with two counts of DUI and one count of improper lane use. He was later convicted of one of the drunken-driving counts.

A judge later that year ordered Burns to attend DUI school and placed him on 18 months of court supervision. That period of supervision lasted through last year.

An Illinois State Police trooper last July ticketed Burns for driving 26 to 30 mph over the posted speed limit. A deputy DuPage County sheriff did the same less than a month later, charging Burns with driving 15 to 20 mph over the limit.

Burns also was charged with driving 40 mph or more over the posted limit in July 2008, in an area of Naperville that lies in Will County; and in January 2012 in another case involving Illinois State Police. Court records showed judges convicted him both times, placed him on supervision and ordered him to perform public service work.

He also was placed on supervision and fined for speeding tickets he received in August 2006, January 2007 and August 2012 in different parts of DuPage County.

Burns’ most serious crime occurred on Aug. 17, 2007, when he was charged with aggravated battery in a public place.

Naperville police said Burns, then 18, beat and seriously injured another teen near Chicago Avenue and Washington Street in the city’s downtown, during an argument over a girl. A judge in May 2008 convicted him of the beating, sentencing him to 60 days in jail and placing him on two years of probation.

Burns was also found guilty in September 2006 of possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana in Naperville; and in May 2007 of a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia, also in Naperville. He was ordered to perform public service work and placed on court supervision in each case.

Court records also revealed Burns earned another speeding ticket between the Sept. 7 incident and the one last Sunday.

Winfield police, on or about April 21, charged Burns with driving 11-14 mph over the statutory speed limit, according to records. He is scheduled to appear July 3 in court to answer that charge, records indicated.

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