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DUI suspect from Naperville has drunken boating conviction

A man from Naperville’s northeast side who was recently arrested by Lisle police on drunken-driving charges has past convictions for operating both motor vehicles and boats while intoxicated.

Joseph M. Grach, 27, of the 100 block of North Sleight Street, is free on bond and scheduled to appear Sept. 3 in DuPage County Circuit Court in Wheaton to answer charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and improper lane use, Lisle police Watch Cmdr. Ron Wilke confirmed.

A police officer was on routine patrol about 1:15 a.m. Thursday when he observed Grach’s silver, 2004 Toyota Tundra traveling east on the 700 block of Ogden Avenue, Wilke wrote Friday in an e-mail. The officer watched as Grach allegedly made improper use of a lane of traffic, Wilke said.

The officer curbed the vehicle on Ogden Avenue near its intersection with Interstate 355, Wilke said. Grach was allegedly found to be drunk and was subsequently charged with DUI, he said.

Grach was most recently arrested March 2 in Grundy County on a charge of illegal transportation of liquor by a passenger in a vehicle, according to Grundy County Circuit Court records. He was placed on three months of supervision in April and ordered to pay $220 in fines and court costs, court records showed.

He also was one of four people ticketed on July 17, 2011 by Illinois Conservation Police, as they patrolled the Illinois River near Marsailles in search of suspected drunken boaters.

Conservation Police Sgt. Robert Frazier on Friday confirmed Grach that evening was found to be piloting a boat with a blood-alcohol content of .132, or nearly twice the limit that defines intoxication under state law. He was charged with operating a watercraft while under the influence of alcohol, Frazier said.

Grach was convicted of that charge on Nov. 22, 2011, and was placed on two years of supervision, ordered to attend “DUI school” and assessed $1,080 in fines.

and legal costs.

Naperville police in August 2006 arrested Grach and charged him with driving under the influence of drugs and failure to give information to the owner of an unattended vehicle or property following a traffic crash, according to records on file in DuPage County Circuit Court. A judge in January 2007 ordered him to perform 25 hours of community service work, attend DUI school and spend 18 months on probation as his penalties in that case, records showed.

Grach was also arrested in the early-morning hours of March 4, 2011 on the 0-99 block of Pembroke Roadville in Naperville. Police said he opened the front door of a house there and, after being confronted by the owner, said he had been sent by construction company workers to check all the doors.

He was found guilty in that case of a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct and placed on an unspecified period of supervision, court records indicated.

Grach also received a ticket for trespassing in December 2002 in Bolingbrook, according to records in Will County Circuit Court in Joliet. He later pleaded guilty in that matter and was sentenced to 30 days of supervision and fined $100, court records showed.

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