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No bond reduction for man's 10th DUI charge

Published: Thursday, May 16, 2013 12:22 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, May 16, 2013 11:51 p.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – Calling him a danger to the public, McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather on Thursday rejected a request to reduce the bond for a Wisconsin man charged with his 10th DUI.

Duane A. Whiting Jr., 58, was charged in April with driving under the influence. According to the criminal complaint, he was intoxicated while driving an off-road vehicle in Harvard.

He was charged with aggravated driving under the influence, a Class X felony, punishable by six to 30 years in prison. Whiting also was charged with driving under the influence with a suspended license and possession of a controlled substance, both Class 4 felonies.

Whiting, of Coon Valley, Wis., pleaded not guilty to all charges against him. Assistant State’s Attorney Robert Zalud called Whiting a “scofflaw.”

“This is number 10,” Zalud said. “If he’s not in custody, apparently he’s working or drunk behind the wheel of a vehicle.”

Whiting’s employer testified that he could return to work if he were to be released on a lower bond amount.

He remains in McHenry County Jail in lieu of a $90,000 bond.

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