A man on parole for driving under the influence was arrested again for DUI last week after police came to Mr. Submarine for a report of a driver nearly hitting the drive-up window.
Daniel Wells, 58, of the 1500 block of Stratford Court, was taken to the Will County jail on charges of aggravated DUI and aggravated driving with license revoked in connection with the incident. The aggravated DUI charge is a class X felony punishable by 6 to 30 years in prison.
Wells has previously been convicted of five DUI offenses, court records show.
At about 12:50 a.m. on March 25, officers responded to Mr. Submarine, 1507 W. Jefferson St., for a report of a driver in the parking lot who appeared to be intoxicated.
“Upon arrival, officers learned that the vehicle had left the parking lot after nearly striking the drive-up window with their vehicle,” police said in a news release.
Officers searched the area after they were given a description of the vehicle and driver.
A short time later, officers conducted a traffic stop on a suspect vehicle in the 1500 block of Stratford Court and determined the driver was Wells, police said.
“Wells exhibited signs of alcohol impairment and was unable to perform sobriety tests,” police said.
Wells was taken into custody without incident.
Judge Brian Barrett set Wells’ bond at $25,000 on March 25, court records show. As a condition of Wells’ bond, Barrett ordered him not to drive a vehicle and not to consume any alcohol or illicit drugs, including marijuana.
On Aug. 2, 2018, Wells pleaded guilty to committing aggravated DUI on July 16, 2017 on Mills Road in Joliet, court records show.
The charge was initially a class X felony but prosecutors amended it to a less serious class 1 felony, which carries a prison sentence of four to 15 years.
A statement of facts filed in the case said Wells crashed his vehicle while driving with a revoked license for DUI. Wells had bloodshot eyes, smelled of alcohol and admitted to consuming alcohol, the statement said.
Wells was sentenced to 5 years in prison but he was allowed to serve 50% of that time and also received credit for 383 days he had already served while incarcerated.
He was paroled on Jan. 16, 2020, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Besides the 2017 offense, Wells pleaded guilty to committing DUI in 1999, 2001, 2003 and 2004, court records show.
Source: The Daily Chronicle