Man sentenced for wrong-way driving while drunk

A 37-year-old man who drove last winter in the wrong lanes of a stretch of a busy Naperville thoroughfare has been convicted of a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Brian R. Hacker, of Lisle, was placed on 18 months of court supervision, after pleading guilty Tuesday in the case, according to records on file in DuPage County Circuit Court in Wheaton.

Associate Judge James J. Konetski accepted Hacker’s plea and imposed his sentence, court records showed. Additional charges of not driving on the right side of a four-lane road, making an improper turn at an intersection and stopping, parking or standing on a roadway were dismissed.

Naperville police arrested Hacker just after 1 a.m. Feb. 3, after another motorist saw him driving east in the westbound lanes of 75th Street, in the far west-central part of the city.

The witness called 911 and told a police dispatcher he or she was following a silver, 2003 Ford Focus. The witness had watched as the car turned east onto 75th Street from Route 59, only to begin traveling in the westbound lanes.

Sgt. Bill Davis said the driver of the Focus, later identified as being Hacker, drove east between Route 59 and Beebe Drive. That heavily-traveled commercial area includes a Home Depot store, a Whole Foods Market and, more recently, a Walmart SuperCenter, among other businesses.

Davis said Hacker apparently recognized his mistake at Beebe Drive “and swerved back into the eastbound lanes.” Police stopped the car near 75th Street and Book Road and took him into custody.

No one was injured and no vehicles were damaged during the incident.

Court records indicated Hacker in July 1997 was ordered to perform 40 hours of community service work, after being convicted of misdemeanor charges of possession of between 2.5 and 10 grams of marijuana and unlawful possession of alcohol by a minor in Glen Ellyn. He has no record in Will and Kane counties.

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