Streamwood Man Accused of DUI and Assault
Most adults are stressed during the holidays. That explains why road rage is more common now than other times of the year. Long commutes, packed parking lots, inclement weather are all factors that increase road rage. Unfortunately drinking and driving is another contributing factor. On Black Friday, a Streamwood man succumbed to road rage. 52-year-old Joseph M. Maloney was driving erratically around 4 pm. He hit a curb with his red 1998 Pontiac sedan and swerved in his lane. When he paused at a stop sign, another motorist had some unfriendly advice for him. He was told that he should “learn how to drive.” Maloney took offense to this suggestion and took matters into his own hands. From the inside lane, Maloney cut off the other motorist. Luckily there was no accident from this punitive maneuver. Maloney proceeded to follow the insulter all the way home. Once the motorist exited the vehicle he saw the Maloney was driving right at him. Near the 500 block of Ridge Circle, Maloney drove past the motorist while intending to do harm. Maloney made several more unsuccessful passes, even driving over neighboring lawns and driveways. Police responded quickly to the residence quickly after the attempted attacks. They saw that Maloney was visibly intoxicated with glassy eyes and alcohol on his breath. After he also failed a field sobriety test, and was taken into custody under suspicion of DUI. Maloney ended up being charged with aggravated DUI which carries a possible sentence of three to seven years in jail, 480 hours of community service, a loss of driving privileges, and a fine of up to $25,000. He was also charged with two counts of aggravated assault which can be punished with two to five years in jail, probation, and a fine of no more than $25,000. There were also other charges against Maloney, who is being held in lieu of a $75,000 dollar bond. Road rage is dangerous for everyone on the road. If you are travelling during the holidays, leave yourself enough time to get to where you are going. Remember that other drivers are not on the road to get a rise out of you so do not take anything personal. If your emotions get the best of you during this then seek the assistance of a legal professional. Contact an experienced criminal defense in Saint Charles who can review your case today.