Naperville-area man charged again with DUI

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A Naperville-area man who was convicted 10 years ago of driving under the influence has been charged again with drunken driving, following an incident in which he allegedly drove more than 30 mph over the posted speed limit.

Erik C. Woytowych, 35, lives on the 11S000 block of West Street, in the unincorporated Rivercrest Estates area of Will County near Naperville’s far south side. He faces trial on charges of driving under the influence, driving 26-35 mph over the posted speed limit, driving without insurance and a vehicular lighting violation, according to Naperville police reports.

Sgt. Bill Davis confirmed Woytowych was arrested about 8:31 p.m. May 16 near the Circle K service station, at 1707 S. Washington St.

An officer on routine patrol that evening noted Woytowych’s black, 2013 Ford 4S traveling north on Washington Street and approaching 87th Street with its headlights off, Davis said via email.

The vehicle “appeared to be traveling much faster than the posted speed limit of 40 mph,” Davis said. The officer activated his radar unit, which showed Woytowych driving at 71 mph, he said.

Davis said the officer stopped the vehicle near Redstart Road and Washington Street. Upon speaking with Woytowych, “the officer detected that he had been drinking,” and then administered field sobriety tests that Woytowych failed, he said.

Records on file in Kane County Circuit Court showed Woytowych was arrested in August 2004 by Elgin police and charged with drunken driving. He was subsequently convicted of that crime and placed on supervision and ordered to undergo substance abuse evaluation, records indicated.

Aurora police ticketed Woytowych in June 1996 and April 2006 for retail theft, according to records. He later pleaded guilty in both matters, and was placed on court supervision each time, records showed.

Woytowych is free on bond in the latest DUI case. His preliminary appearance date in DuPage County Circuit Court is pending.

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