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Man who drove SUV in pool sentenced

<p>Phillip T. Myung, 22, faces trial for drunken driving and seven other traffic-related offenses, after Naperville police said he drove off a roadway and into the back yard of a home, where his SUV fell an in-ground swimming pool. | Courtesy of Naperville Police Department</p>

Phillip T. Myung  |  Courtesy of Naperville Police Department

A man who drove his sport utility vehicle off a roadway in Naperville and hit several signs, trees and a hot tub before the SUV fell into a swimming pool has been convicted and sentenced on a charge of driving under the influence.

Phillip T. Myung pleaded guilty Jan. 9 in Will County Circuit Court in Joliet in connection with the crash last December, according to court records. He has been placed on 18 months of court supervision and ordered him to undergo substance-abuse counseling, records indicated.

In addition to the DUI count, Myung was initially charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, and received seven tickets on charges that included reckless driving, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident/driving too fast for conditions, leaving the scene of a traffic crash and driving on a sidewalk, records showed.

All eight of those counts were dismissed in exchange for his plea to the DUI charge, according to records.

Myung, 22, lives on the 3200 block of Cool Springs Court, just east of Naperville’s Tall Grass neighborhood. He was arrested about 4 a.m. Dec. 1, after apparently going there following the traffic crash.

Police Cmdr. Lou Cammiso said patrol officers about two hours earlier had been sent to investigate a crash near Leverenz Road and Dewhurst Street, in the residential Springbrook Crossing-Brook Crossing. There they found a silver, 2002 Toyota Highlander that had left the roadway, Cammiso said in December.

The SUV had “crashed into several street signs, small trees and other objects before going through a backyard” on the 1200 block of Leverenz Road, Cammiso said. It came to a halt after “striking a hot tub and landing in an in-ground pool” in the backyard of a house there, he said.

Myung “fled the scene and was subsequently arrested a short time later,” Cammiso said. Myung was not hurt, nor were any of the occupants of the home where the SUV was found.

An examination of court documents revealed Myung has no criminal record in DuPage, Kane and Will counties.

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