A man who had the misfortune of having marijuana in his car and then being the victim of a traffic crash in Naperville has been sentenced to jail in that matter.
Daniel J. Mahon, 33, of Elgin, pleaded guilty Monday in DuPage County Circuit Court in Wheaton to a felony charge of possession of more than 30 but not more than 500 grams of marijuana in the case from early May, court records showed.
Judge Daniel P. Guerin accepted Mahon’s plea and sentenced him to four days in DuPage County Jail, records indicated. Mahon spent two days in jail after being arrested, and with day-for-day credit for good behavior, has completed that sentence and been released.
Guerin also placed Mahon on 18 months of conditional discharge, a form of probation, and ordered him to pay unspecified fines and court costs, according to records.
Mahon was arrested about 8:46 p.m. May 6, after the black, 2005 Lincoln Town Car he was driving was struck by a GMC Envoy sport utility vehicle. The crash happened at the intersection of Ogden Avenue and Naperville-Wheaton Road on Naperville’s northeast side.
Police Sgt. Bill Davis said officers who were sent to investigate the crash “could smell the odor of cannabis emanating from the interior” of Mahon’s car.
“A search of the vehicle resulted in the recovery of three small bags of marijuana from the back seat area,” Davis said in May. The marijuana totaled totaled 45.1 grams, he said.
Mahon was not driving under the influence at the time, and also was found to be not at fault in the crash.
It was not Mahon’s first time in court on marijuana-related charges. DuPage County records showed he was arrested in 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 assigned to that case found Mahon guilty in May 2004, ordering him to perform 50 hours of community service work and placing him on two years of probation.Tags: courthouse