A convicted drunken driver from Romeoville who has been arrested and charged at least six times with driving with a revoked or suspended license has been sentenced to jail for driving drunk earlier this fall in Naperville.
Airrace R. Muhammad, who has no license to drive in Illinois, pleaded guilty in Will County Circuit Court in Joliet to a felony charge of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol in connection with his arrest in late September.
Judge Amy M. Bertani-Tomczak sentenced Muhammad to 53 days in Will County Jail, according to court records. Muhammad spent 53 days in jail following his arrest and has been released.
Bertani-Tomczak on Nov. 19 also placed Muhammad on two years of probation and ordered him to pay $1,760 in fines and legal fees, records indicated. The judge also ordered him to undergo counseling and continue with his treatment for alcoholism, records showed.
Muhammad, 32, was arrested about 1:55 a.m. Sept. 28 near 103rd Street and Route 59 on Naperville’s southwest side. A Naperville police officer on patrol early that morning “witnessed several moving violations” Muhammad committed, including his failure to stop for a red light, police Cmdr. Lou Cammiso said.
The officer stopped Muhammad’s car, found an open container of liquor inside and “noted signs of impairment” in him, Cammiso said. Muhammad gave police an alias and then offered resistance when he refused to get out of the squad car in which he was driven to the police station, Cammiso said.
A spokesman for the Illinois secretary of state’s office in October said Muhammad had been issued a state identification card but had no driver’s license.
Charles B. Pelkie, spokesman for Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow, said Muhammad has a 2010 drunken-driving 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 in August 2007, when a District 5 Illinois State Police trooper stopped Muhammad in Will County and charged him with driving with a revoked license, according to court records.
Muhammad pleaded guilty to that charge and in September 2007 was sentenced to 30 days in jail. A judge also placed him on a year of conditional discharge and assessed fines and court costs of $250.