A Chicago man was sentenced to seven years in prison for driving drunk in Montgomery, Kane County State’s Attorney Joseph McMahon said.
Paul Woodard, 35, most recently of the 8100 block of South Vincennes Avenue in Chicago, pleaded guilty on Feb. 23 to one count of aggravated DUI, a Class 2 felony, and one count of aggravated driving while license revoked, a Class 4 felony, McMahon said. Kane County Judge Marmarie Kostelny accepted the plea, and handed down the sentence on Wednesday.
On June 2, 2011, attempted to pull over Woodard for speeding in the 1300 block of Douglas Road. Woodard decided to give chase, police said, and led them down several side streets, finally stopping in a driveway in the 1200 block of Fourth Street.
He then jumped out of the car and ran away on foot, and was captured two blocks away, police said. Officers found an open container of alcohol in Woodard’s car, smelled alcohol on his breath and noticed slurred speech, according to McMahon.
Woodard was charged with two counts of aggravated drunken driving, aggravated driving on a revoked license, illegal transportation of alcohol, and resisting a peace officer, police said.
In June, Judge Kostelny from $10,000 to $75,000, due to his extensive list of prior convictions. Woodard has been in jail since his arrest.
Woodard has been charged 25 times since 1995 for driving on a revoked or suspended license. The threshold is 15 for a felony, state’s attorneys said. Woodard’s license is currently revoked, and has been for roughly three years.
“He is a public safety risk because he seems to continue to drive,” Assistant State’s Attorney Andrew Whitfield said at the bail hearing.
In addition, Woodard has dozens of driving-related offenses on his record, as well as felony convictions for weapons, narcotics and battery, state’s attorneys said. He has served eight separate prison terms since 1995.
Because of the number of his prior arrests, including a DUI conviction, Woodard was eligible for enhanced sentencing. He’ll be given credit for the roughly 315 days he has spent in the Kane County Jail, McMahon said.