A Carpentersville man has been sentenced to eight years in prison after being convicted of his ninth DUI, Kane County officials said today.
William M. Reece, 49, of the 400 block of Besinger Drive, Carpentersville, was sentenced Wednesday by Circuit Judge John A. Barsanti at the Kane County Judicial Center in St. Charles Township, according to the Kane County State's Attorney's office.
The sentencing follows Reece's March 7 guilty plea to one count of aggravated DUI, a Class X felony, and one count of driving on a revoked license, a Class Four felony, said officials.
Authorities said West Dundee police stopped Reece's vehicle on Sept. 1, 2012, after he crossed the center line. Officers said he had slurred speech, glassy and red eyes, and a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, according to officials.
Reece also fumbled through his wallet, dropped its contents and his cellphone on the floor of the car, and admitted to police that he had excessively consumed alcoholic beverages, said officials. They said that when Reece exited his car, he refused 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, Reece’s blood-alcohol concentration was .219 percent, almost three times the legal limit.
At the time of the traffic stop, Reece’s driver’s license was revoked because of a prior DUI conviction, officials said. They also said that between June 1987 and November 2007, Reece has been convicted eight times on DUI charges in Kane and Lake counties, and has served three prior prison terms on those charges.
Under 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, officials said.