Man who nearly hit pedestrians in Naperville guilty of DUI

A motorist who nearly hit a group of pedestrians last spring in full view of a Naperville police officer has been convicted of drunken driving.

Joliet resident Adam L. Vallone pleaded guilty Tuesday in DuPage County Circuit Court in Wheaton to a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol, in connection with the near-crash in downtown Naperville.

Associate Judge James J. Konetski accepted Vallone’s plea, placing him on a year of court supervision, according to court records. Vallone previously received two traffic tickets in Will County, but has no other record there or in DuPage and Kane counties.

Vallone, 32, also owes a balance of $2,912 in fines and legal costs, records indicated. A second charge of DUI and two other traffic tickets were dismissed Tuesday in exchange for his plea.

A police sergeant arrested Vallone about 2 a.m. May 11 near Aurora Avenue and Washington Street.

The sergeant at the time was in a patrol car facing east on Chicago Avenue at Washington Street when Vallone’s black, four-door 2000 Lincoln turned in front of him, from westbound Chicago Avenue onto southbound Washington Street. The illegal turn forced the sergeant to slam on his brakes, in order to avoid hitting the Lincoln.

Vallone’s driving “also made several pedestrians in the crosswalk run, to avoid being hit” by the car, police Sgt. Bill Davis said in May. No one was struck or otherwise injured.

The patrol sergeant stopped Vallone a little to the south on Aurora Avenue. Davis said. Vallone “displayed signs that he was under the influence of alcohol,” and was arrested after failing sobriety tests.

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