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Man charged with driving stolen vehicle while drunk

Lamar H. Russell was out of prison only nine days before finding himself in new legal trouble.

The 21-year-old Aurora man was arrested over the weekend by Naperville police and charged with driving a stolen sport utility vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and narcotics. The arrest came only nine days after Russell’s release from prison, where he served time for possession of a stolen vehicle and burglary.

Russell is being held in DuPage County Jail in Wheaton on $150,000 bail. He is to stand trial on charges of receiving, possessing or selling a stolen motor vehicle, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence of drugs, transportation or possession of open alcohol and driving with a suspended license, according to DuPage County Circuit Court records.

Naperville Police Sgt. Steve Schindlbeck confirmed Russell was arrested about 2 a.m. Saturday on the 2400 block of Golf Ridge Circle. That is in the Country Lakes area of the city’s far northwest side.

Schindlbeck said police that morning were sent to investigate a report of a “suspicious vehicle” parked on a neighborhood street. They allegedly found Russell unconscious behind the wheel of a white, 2007 Honda CR-V, “which was reported stolen out of Aurora,” Schindlbeck wrote Wednesday in an e-mail.

Police allegedly found a container of liquor inside the SUV. They then determined Russell was under the influence of both alcohol and drugs, and that his driver’s license had been suspended.

An examination of police and court records revealed Russell was arrested on Sept. 28, 2011 in Aurora on a charge of burglary, and on Dec. 29 of that year for possession of a stolen vehicle in Glen Ellyn.

A judge on March 26, 2012 sentenced Russell to a total of four years in prison for those crimes, according to records on file with the Illinois Department of Corrections in Springfield. He entered prison three days later and was released last Dec. 27, records indicated.

Russell’s criminal record also includes an August 2010 charge of retail theft in Montgomery and a September 2011 arrest for aiding and abetting the possession of a stolen vehicle in Aurora. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in court to answer the charges in the Naperville case.

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