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Naperville speeder who missed curfew by a minute sentenced

Updated: June 7, 2012 12:47PM



A young west suburban Naperville man who told police he was speeding because he was trying to get home in time for the curfew set by his parents has been ordered to perform 30 hours of community service work in connection with that case.

Jeremy J. Lai, 22, was convicted in DuPage County Circuit Court in Wheaton of a Class A misdemeanor charge of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and a reduced charge of speeding 26 to 30 mph over the statutory limit, said Paul Darrah, spokesman for State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin.

Companion charges of possession of more than 2.5 but not more than 10 grams of marijuana and speeding 40 mph or more over the statutory limit were dismissed.

Judge Karen M. Wilson on Monday ordered Lai to perform the public service work and placed him on a year of court supervision. Darrah said Wilson also assessed fines and court costs totaling $1,426.

Lai the morning of March 25 was only a block from his family’s home on Naperville’s far south side when a police officer on routine patrol curbed the 1996 Toyota Avalon he was driving. The officer made the stop after observing the Avalon traveling south on Plainfield-Naperville Road near Bailey Road at 93 mph, or more than twice the posted limit of 45 mph, police Sgt. Gregg Bell said in March.

The officer curbed the car near Gateshead and Wendy drives, some two miles to the south and east. Lai’s home is on the 700 block of Colorado Court, about a block south of where he was stopped.

Bell said Lai told the officer “he had a 2 a.m. curfew he was trying to make.” A written police report showed Lai was arrested at 1:59 a.m.

A police search of Lai’s vehicle yielded drug paraphernalia and a small amount of marijuana, Bell said.

An examination of court documents indicated Lai had no prior criminal record in DuPage County or Will County.



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