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Man pulled over for DUI on morning he’s to be sentenced for DUI

Updated: July 8, 2011 2:53PM

A Berwyn man was arrested on suspicion of DUI early Wednesday — hours before he was to be sentenced for another DUI and more than 25 years after his license was revoked.

Carlos Estrada, 42, was charged with aggravated fleeing and eluding, a felony, following his arrest. Aggravated DUI charges are pending the outcome of blood and urine tests he consented to, Riverside police said.

Just before 9 p.m. Tuesday, an officer pulled over a blue 2001 Dodge Durango near the intersection of Harlem Avenue and Lawton Road for an expired registration sticker. But the SUV sped away on Harlem as the officer began approaching.

Another officer soon spotted it and gave chase, with Estrada blowing eight stop signs in Berwyn, police said.

The chase was called off for public safety concerns, but the SUV was again spotted at 1 a.m. and tailed to Estrada’s home, police said.

When Estrada got out of the car, “officers chased him through yards in Berwyn and they had to physically tackle him,” Riverside Police Tom Chief Weitzel said.

“Mr. Estrada has not had a valid driver’s license since September of 1985 and has been arrested several times in the past for driving while license suspended or revoked,” Weitzel said. “On the day he was arrested by Riverside officers, he was due in court for sentencing on a DUI charge that originated in Berwyn.”

Estrada was found to be driving on a license revoked for three DUI convictions, police said. He also faces numerous traffic citations, police said.

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