A woman from central Naperville has been sentenced to four months in DuPage County Jail for trying to bribe an Illinois State Police trooper after being stopped for the second time in two months for driving under the influence of alcohol.
The DuPage County Circuit Court judge who imposed the sentence on Tareya M. Rhone also ordered her to pay $3,580 in fines and legal costs, or more than 10 times the $350 bribe she offered the trooper.
Rhone, 38, lives on the 1600 block of Kiowa Circle, in the Lake Caryonah area of Naperville southwest of Bailey Road and Naper Boulevard. She remained Thursday night in jail and is awaiting trial on the drunken-driving charge that got her into trouble in the first place.
Paul Darrah, spokesman for State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin, said Rhone pleaded guilty to a Class 4 felony charge of aggravated driving under the influence on a suspended or revoked license and a Class 3 felony count of soliciting the bribery of a public official.
Judge George J. Bakalis accepted Rhone’s plea and sentenced her Wednesday to 120 days in jail. Bakalis gave Rhone 46 days of credit toward that term for time she has spent in jail since being arrested.
The judge also placed Rhone on two years of probation and ordered her to pay $3,580 in fines and court costs, Darrah said Thursday.
Naperville police stopped Rhone in her Volkswagen car about 1:38 a.m. May 18 near an automotive oil change business on the 1900 block of South Washington Street, according to written police records. A police officer initially stopped her for speeding before determining she was also under the influence of alcohol, records indicated.
Her woes multiplied just after 6 a.m. July 21 as she sped west on Interstate 88 near Oak Brook. The state trooper who curbed Rhone’s car determined she was drunk, court records showed.
Apparently remembering the pending Naperville DUI case, Rhone offered the trooper $350 to not arrest or ticket her. The trooper refused the offer and instead charged her with aggravated DUI, bribery and five other traffic-related offenses, according to court records.
Rhone is scheduled to appear Tuesday in court in the Naperville case.