Man gets prison time after driving stolen car while drunk in Geneva

Geneva, IL

A short chase in Geneva ultimately led to prison time for an Aurora man who was drunk and driving a stolen vehicle.

Bryce A. Bentley, 47, of the 600 block of South River Street, Aurora, has been sentenced to prison Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to driving a stolen vehicle while intoxicated, according to the Kane County state's attorney's office.

Bentley agreed May 6 with the state’s attorney to a sentence of six years in prison in exchange for a guilty plea to one count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, a Class 2 felony, and one count of aggravated driving under the influence, a Class 2 felony. Associate Judge Patricia P. Golden accepted the plea.

On Feb. 13, Bentley was driving a 1995 Mercury Tracer west on Glen Eagle Drive in Geneva when a Geneva police officer conducted a random license check on his vehicle. The check revealed the vehicle Bentley was driving had been reported stolen in Aurora a day earlier, and officers stopped Bentley near 2000 S. Randall Road. As officers approached the vehicle, Bentley took off. After a brief pursuit, Bentley was stopped on the 2000 block of Viking Drive. As police began to take him into custody, they noticed a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. Police later determined that Bentley’s blood alcohol content was .223 percent, nearly three times Illinois’ legal limit of .08 percent.

Bentley has three prior convictions for unlawful possession of a stolen motor vehicle, two prior convictions for burglary and one prior drunken-driving conviction.

The sentence breaks down as six years for each count to be served concurrently. By law, Bentley was given day-for–day sentencing, as well as credit for time served in the Kane County Jail.

Assistant State’s Attorney Debra Conforti prosecuted the case.

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