A father and son from central Naperville apparently tried to keep matters all in the family over the weekend, after the younger man allegedly drove down a city street at 124 mph while drunk, and his father tried to cover for him when police showed up on their doorstep.
William A. Burns, 60, and his son, Konnor W. Burns, 24, are free on bond and have arraignment dates pending in DuPage County Circuit Court, following the incident that ended at their home on the 1000 block of Sheringham Drive in the city’s Brighton Ridge neighborhood.
Naperville police Sgt. Lou Cammiso said an officer was on routine patrol about 2:09 a.m. Saturday when he saw a white, 2011 Dodge Charger traveling south on Plainfield-Naperville Road.
The officer’s radar unit showed the motorist, later identified as Konnor Burns, was driving at 103 mph, Cammiso said Tuesday in an e-mail. The speed limit on that stretch of Plainfield-Naperville Road is posted at 45 mph, he said.
Cammiso said the officer lost sight of the Charger when it went into a nearby residential neighborhood. Another officer who assisted in the investigation “thought the car may belong to Konnor Burns,” whose home is in that area, he said.
The first officer then returned to his original location on Plainfield-Naperville Road, and when the Charger reappeared, “clocked the car on radar at 124 (mph) in a 45 zone,” Cammiso said. The officer then “followed the car to where Burns lives, and observed him exit the vehicle and enter the home.”
Cammiso said the officer “knocked on the door and William Burns answered.” The elder Burns “maintained he was the person driving the car,” and that he “did not know where Konnor was,” Cammiso said.
William Burns “continued to insist he was driving, which the officer knew was a lie, so he was arrested” and ticketed under a municipal ordinance on a charge of interfering with a city officer or employee, Cammiso said.
Konnor Burns came out of the home “as officers were doing a search of the car prior to towing it,” Cammiso said.
Police quickly determined Konnor Burns was intoxicated, Cammiso said. He added “there was no explanation why he was going so fast on either occasion.”
Konnor Burns faces trial on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving, resisting a peace officer and two counts of driving 30 mph or more over the posted limit, according to police records.
An examination of court records revealed William Burns in June 2008 was sentenced to two days in DuPage County Jail, following his August 2005 arrest in Naperville on charges of driving with a revoked license, driving without insurance and failure to wear a seat belt. The judge who imposed the sentence also ordered him to perform 100 hours of community service work and spend two years on conditional discharge, records indicated.
William Burns also had been placed on supervision in April 1989, after being found guilty of a misdemeanor charge of resisting police in Elmhurst, court records showed.