15-time DUI offender used many identities, cops say
By Dave Gathman Sun-Times Media November 1, 2012 8:24PM
Juan Diaz | Courtesy Elgin Police Dept.
Updated: December 3, 2012 6:50AM
A 54-year-old Elgin man is in Kane County Jail charged with drunken driving — at least his 15th offense, authorities say.
After the latest arrest, on Oct. 20, Elgin police believe a man known as Juan Diaz may have eluded police by assuming more than a half-dozen aliases.
Diaz is charged under an Illinois law that classifies a sixth DUI conviction as a Class X felony — punishable by six to 30 years in prison, with no chance of probation.
“How someone could accumulate that many arrests and still be driving, I don’t know,” said Elgin Police Cmdr. Glenn Theriault.
In his latest arrest, Diaz was spotted swerving west on I-90 near Elgin. Witnesses called 911.
Following the man, the witnesses saw him exit the tollway and proceed into downtown Elgin. Diaz crossed into oncoming traffic several times.
Pulled over by police, Diaz told officers he was born April 4, 1964, and was 52 years old — numbers that did not add up. Diaz also claimed that he had not been driving on the tollway at all. He had just been visiting his wife’s nearby home, and after she drove up in the van, he had simply come out of the house to park the vehicle.
The driver failed sobriety tests.
At the police station, the man said he was named Carlos Diaz and that he had been born in 1958. He then said his name was Juan DeLeon and he had been born April 7, 1958, then April 4, 1958, then April 17, 1958.
A judge has set his bail at $250,000 and he is being held in the Kane County jail pending a hearing on Nov. 8.