Driving drunk is often trouble enough. But to allegedly be driving drunk, and speeding in a construction zone, and using a cell phone, and then demonstrating for a police patrol officer that you’re having a harder-than-usual time driving?
Steven S. McDaniel apparently didn’t do himself any favors this past Fourth of July, while being pulled over by Naperville police on suspicion of drunken driving.
A police spokesman said the 45-year-old Plainfield resident was trying to bring his red hatchback vehicle to a stop early that morning near a construction zone on the city’s northwest side.
The police spokesman said McDaniel struck an orange, construction zone barrel before bringing the vehicle to a halt.
McDaniel is free on bond and awaiting trial in DuPage County Circuit Court in Wheaton. Police charged him with two counts of DUI and one count each of excessive speeding in a construction zone, using a wireless telephone in a school or construction zone and improper lane use.
Sgt. Steve Schindlbeck confirmed a police officer stopped McDaniel about 12:13 a.m. July 4 at the intersection of North Aurora Road and Patriot’s Lane. That is just east of Route 59 and near a Texas Roadhouse restaurant.
Schindlbeck said the officer was on routine patrol near Route 59’s intersection with Meridian Lake Drive, in an area that has been under construction for some time. The officer noted the hatchback driver, later identified as being McDaniel, was using his cell phone while driving at a speed of 54 mph, where the construction zone speed limit is posted at 30 mph, Schindlbeck said via email.
The officer followed the hatchback north on Route 59 and activated his squad car’s emergency lights. McDaniel allegedly hit a construction zone barrel while bringing the vehicle to a stop, Schindlbeck said.
No one was injured during the incident. It was not known whether McDaniel was allegedly texting or talking on his phone at the time.
An examination of court documents indicated McDaniel has no criminal record in DuPage, Kane and Will counties.