Crime & Courts

Woodstock man faces aggravated DUI charges after third drunken driving arrest

Joseph W. Sutherland, 23, of Woodstock faces charges of aggravated driving under the influence after his third DUI arrest. Sutherland faces up to seven years in prison if convicted of the most serious charge.
Joseph W. Sutherland, 23, of Woodstock faces charges of aggravated driving under the influence after his third DUI arrest. Sutherland faces up to seven years in prison if convicted of the most serious charge.

WOODSTOCK – A Woodstock man could face prison time after he was arrested for the third time on drunken driving charges. Joseph W. Sutherland, 23, of the 2040 block of Willow Brooke Drive, was released from jail after his $40,000 bond was reduced Wednesday.

Prosecutors said that Sutherland drove a vehicle Jan. 31 in Huntley while under the influence of alcohol, according to court records. He first was arrested for misdemeanor DUI, but the charge was upgraded because he had two previous drunken driving arrests, according to court documents.

Sutherland previously was convicted of misdemeanor DUI in February 2016 in McHenry County. It was not immediately clear in court records when the other DUI charge occurred.

Sutherland faces charges of aggravated driving under the influence. He could spend up to seven years in prison if convicted of the most serious charge.

He also was ticketed for operating an uninsured motor vehicle, following too closely, driving on a revoked license and transporting or possessing alcohol in a motor vehicle.

Sutherland appeared in court Wednesday for a bond hearing, where Judge Sharon Prather reduced his bond from $40,000 to $5,000. He was released Wednesday afternoon after posting 10 percent of his adjusted bond, according to jail records.

The Donahue and Walsh firm, which represents Sutherland, did not return calls seeking comment Wednesday.

He next will appear in court Aug. 28.

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