A 25-year-old Naperville man has been sentenced to jail, after having been found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol for the second time in three years.
Michael A. Patel lives on the 3600 block of Lawrence Drive, in the Ashbury neighborhood on Naperville’s far south side. He required hospitalization late last summer after crashing his vehicle into a tree not far from his home, police said.
DuPage County Circuit Court Judge James J. Konetski on Tuesday convicted Patel of drunken driving, according to court records. Five companion counts of DUI, driving without insurance, operating a motor vehicle while using an electronic communication device, driving too fast for conditions and improper lane use were dismissed in the case, records indicated.
Konetski sentenced Patel to 30 days in DuPage County Jail, records showed. The judge also ordered Patel to perform 240 hours of community service work, undergo substance abuse counseling and attend DUI school, and placed him on 18 months of conditional discharge, a form of probation, according to records.
Naperville police arrested Patel about 12:24 a.m. Sept. 16, a police spokesman said last year. They had been called to the intersection of Conan Doyle Road and Darwin Street, following a report of a vehicle that had left the roadway and struck a tree there, the spokesman said.
“Patel was identified as the driver of the vehicle,” the spokesman said via e-mail. Further investigation indicated “his cell phone was suspected of being used for texting as he was driving,” the spokesman said.
Court records showed Patel also was ticketed in September 2009 by Naperville police for driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with expired license plates and improper lane use. Patel in February 2010 pleaded guilty to the DUI charge, and a judge placed him on 18 months of court supervision, records indicated.
Patel also received supervision in July 2006 for speeding 31 to 39 mph over the posted speed limit a month earlier in Naperville, according to records.