Because Romeoville Trustee Kenneth Griffin already has been convicted of driving under the influence, he could face jail time if he is found guilty of his most recent DUI charge.
Griffin, 71, who has been an elected village trustee since 2011, pleaded guilty to another DUI charge in 2013 in Arizona, according to Arizona Supreme Court records.
Will County State’s Attorney spokeswoman Carole Cheney said that a drunken driver can get off with court supervision for a first conviction, but a second could result in a $2,500 fine and up to a year in jail.
She also said that it was possible for a second charge to result in court supervision, but it depends on a defendant’s previous history of charges.
Romeoville police responded April 5 to Grand Haven Road and Pierport Lane after a report of a vehicle striking a tree, according to a news release.
When officers arrived, they identified Griffin and determined he was impaired.
Griffin was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and was taken to the Romeoville Police Department, where he was booked and issued traffic citations. Griffin then was released on a $3,000 bond.
According to Will County Circuit Court records, Griffin is due in court May 22.
A security guard at Griffin’s gated community did not allow The Herald-News access to the subdivision.