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Chronic driving scofflaw charged in Naperville DUI

Airrace R. Muhammad, 32, of Romeoville, remains in Will County Jail in Joliet, and faces trial on a charge of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol in Naperville. Authorities said Muhammad has been arrested at least six times for driving with a suspended or revoked license and currently is not licensed to drive in Illinois. | Submitted
Airrace R. Muhammad, 32, of Romeoville, remains in Will County Jail in Joliet, and faces trial on a charge of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol in Naperville. Authorities said Muhammad has been arrested at least six times for driving with a suspended or revoked license and currently is not licensed to drive in Illinois. | Submitted

A convicted drunken driver, who has been charged at least six times with driving with a suspended or revoked license, has been arrested in a case of aggravated drunken driving in Naperville.

Airrace R. Muhammad, who is not licensed to drive in Illinois, is being held in Will County Jail in Joliet on $10,000 bail. He faces trial on felony charges of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol with a suspended or revoked license, aggravated DUI without a valid license and four other traffic-related offenses, according to Will County Circuit Court records.

Muhammad, 32, of Romeoville, was arrested about 1:55 a.m. Sept. 28 near 103rd Street and Route 59 on Naperville’s southwest side.

Naperville police Sgt. Lou Cammiso said an officer on routine patrol duty “witnessed several moving violations” on Muhammad’s part that included his failure to stop for a red traffic light and a lane of traffic offense. The officer curbed the car, found “open alcohol” inside it and “noted signs of impairment” in Muhammad, Cammiso said in an email.

Muhammad “provided a false name” to police and resisted officers when he “refused to get out of the squad” at the police station’s holding facility, Cammiso said.

Dave Druker, spokesman for Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, said last week records on file in his office showed an Illinois identification card has been issued to an Airrace R. Muhammad, but not a state driver’s license.

Charles B. Pelkie, spokesman for Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow, added Muhammad has a 2010 DUI conviction in Cook County, and has been ticketed “six or seven times” for driving with a suspended or revoked license.

One of those arrests occurred Aug. 8, 2007, when a District 5 Illinois State Police trooper stopped Muhammad’s vehicle in Will County and charged him with driving with a revoked license, court records showed.

Muhammad pleaded guilty several weeks later to that count. A judge on Sept. 28, 2007, sentenced him to 30 days in jail, placed him on a year of conditional discharge and assessed fines and court costs that totaled $250, records indicated.

Court records showed Muhammad in the Naperville case also is to stand trial on charges of driving with a suspended or revoked license, transportation of open alcohol, disobeying a traffic control signal and a turn signal violation. His arraignment is set for Oct. 21, according to records.

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