William M. Reece / photo from Kane County Sheriff's office
Updated: May 29, 2013 7:01AM
ST. CHARLES TWP. — A Carpentersville man has been sentenced to eight years in prison after being convicted of driving under the influence of liquor — for at least the ninth time.
William M. Reece, 58, of the 400 block of Besinger Drive, was sentenced Wednesday by Circuit Judge John A. Barsanti, according to a release from the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office.
On March 7, Reece pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated DUI, a Class X felony, and one count of driving on a revoked license, a Class 4 felony.
At about 1:20 a.m. Sept. 1, 2012, West Dundee police saw the vehicle Reece was driving westbound on Main Street (Route 72) cross the center line. When police stopped the vehicle, they said, they noted that Reece had slurred speech, glassy and red eyes, and a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. Reece fumbled through his wallet, dropped cards and his cellphone on the floor of the car, and admitted to police that he had excessively consumed alcoholic beverages, reports stated.
When he got out of his car, Reece declined to take standardized field sobriety tests, stating that he couldn’t pass them because of his alcohol consumption that night. When taken to the police station, officers said, Reece’s blood-alcohol concentration was .219 percent.
At the time of the stop, Reece’s driver’s license was revoked because of a prior DUI conviction.
Reece has eight prior DUI convictions between June 1987 and November 2007 in Kane and Lake counties, and has served three prior prison terms on the charges, the state’s attorney’s office said.
According to Illinois law, Reece is eligible for day-for-day sentencing. He was given credit for 235 days served in the Kane County jail, where he has been held since his arrest.
The case was prosecuted by Kane County Assistant State’s Attorney David Belshan.