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Man accused of DUI, going past cop in wrong lane of Route 59

<p>Daniel L. Freese, 33, of Montgomery, is accused of driving the wrong way on a busy Naperville street while drunk, and later threatening the lives of the police officers who took him into custody, as well as their families. | Courtesy of Naperville Police Department</p>

Daniel L. Freese, 33, of Montgomery, is accused of driving the wrong way on a busy Naperville street while drunk, and later threatening the lives of the police officers who took him into custody, as well as their families. | Courtesy of Naperville Police Department

Naperville police say Daniel L. Freese didn’t do all that much right while driving over the weekend on the city’s far southwest side.

The 33-year-old Montgomery resident was allegedly drunk as he drove north in the southbound lanes of busy Route 59. And he apparently didn’t notice the pulsating emergency lights of the police squad car that had been sent to stop him, barreling right past it.

Freese is free on bond and awaiting arraignment on charges of driving under the influence, driving in the wrong lane of traffic, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle and resisting a peace officer, according to written police reports.

Sgt. Steve Schindlbeck confirmed Freese was arrested about 2:28 a.m. Saturday near 95th Street and Route 59. That followed an Illinois State Police Emergency Radio Network broadcast of a bulletin about a vehicle traveling north in the southbound lanes of Route 59 from the area of 119th Street, Schindlbeck said Tuesday.

A Naperville police patrol officer spotted the car, a white, 2009 Kia, “and activated his emergency lights, to try and get the car to stop,” Schindlbeck wrote in an e-mail. But the Kia, with Freese behind the wheel, “did blow by him” and continued on its way north in the southbound lanes, he said.

Police ultimately curbed the Kia near 95th Street and attempted to take Freese into custody. Schindlbeck said Freese “resisted efforts at being directed into the backseat of the squad car.”

Matters apparently took a turn for the worse a short time later, while Freese was undergoing photographing and fingerprinting at the police station. Schindlbeck said Freese allegedly “made a series of threatening comments toward the arresting officers and their families during the arrest process.”

Schindlbeck added Freese refused to submit to a Breathalyzer test.

An examination of records on file in Kane County Circuit Court indicated Illinois State Police in late February or early March 2001 arrested Freese and charged him with the felony manufacture or delivery of between 30 and 500 grams of marijuana. Records showed he pleaded guilty to the charge that November, and was placed on 60 days of electronic home monitoring and two years of probation.

Freese has no criminal record in DuPage County or Will County, according to records on file there.

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