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Driver’s ed teacher not guilty of DUI

<p>A DuPage County Circuit Court judge has found Naperville Central High School driver's education teacher Jeffrey S. Peterson not guilty of a charge of drunken driving. | Courtesy of Naperville Police Department</p>

A DuPage County Circuit Court judge has found Naperville Central High School driver's education teacher Jeffrey S. Peterson not guilty of a charge of drunken driving. | Courtesy of Naperville Police Department

A veteran Naperville Central High School driver’s education teacher has been declared not guilty of a charge of driving drunk last spring following an incident at his home on Naperville’s far east side.

DuPage County Circuit Court Judge James J. Konetski found the instructor, Jeffrey S. Peterson, ton guilty of a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol, according to court records. A companion charge of theft of labor or services was dismissed during Peterson’s appearance Tuesday in Konetski’s courtroom, records indicated.

Peterson, 54, and his wife, Carla A. Mooney, were arrested about 11:30 p.m. May 29 at their home on the 1300 block of East Gartner Road, in Naperville’s Timbervale Estates neighborhood.

Naperville police in June said the couple hired a taxicab driver to take them home that evening from an undisclosed location. They then allegedly “skipped out on a $7.40 cab fare because their credit cards were denied,” Naperville police Cmdr. Lou Cammiso said at the time.

The cab driver called police to the couple’s home. Mooney at that time “refused to identify (herself) and resisted officers as she was arrested,” Cammiso said.

Peterson, in the meantime, drove off in his car and returned while officers were still on scene, Cammiso said. He was arrested and charged with DUI.

Mooney, 50, pleaded guilty last year to an amended, misdemeanor count of attempting to resist or obstruct a police officer. The original charges of resisting or obstructing a police officer, theft of labor or services and obstructing identification were dismissed.

A judge ordered Mooney to perform 100 hours of community service work, placed her on a year of court supervision and assessed a total of $712 in fines and court costs.

Naperville School District 203 administrators, after learning of Peterson’s arrest, opened an inquiry. Spokeswoman Susan E. Rice last summer said “the district does not comment on personnel issues, including any disciplinary actions that may be taken.”

District information shows Peterson was paid a 2012 salary of $109,430. He has a master’s degree and has 28 years of teaching experience.

Peterson could not be immediately reached Thursday for comment on his acquittal.

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