Crime & Courts

Joliet man sentenced to prison for McHenry drunken driving conviction

William Moritz Jr.
William Moritz Jr.

A man with six prior driving under the influence arrests on his record was sentenced Wednesday to nine years in prison.

William Moritz Jr. of Joliet accepted an offer from the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office and pleaded guilty to aggravated driving under the influence in connection with his seventh DUI arrest. In turn, prosecutors dismissed additional counts of aggravated DUI and DUI with a suspended or revoked driver’s license.

Moritz, 41, must serve 50% of the prison sentence, according to a news release from the state’s attorney’s office.

On Feb. 24, 2018, a McHenry County Sheriff’s deputy observed Moritz driving in the area of Route 31 and Kane Avenue in McHenry, according to the release.

The officer followed the vehicle as it allegedly swerved in its lane and pulled over Moritz for a traffic violation. During the stop, which took place at a home on Loyola Drive in McHenry, the officer suspected Moritz was under the influence of alcohol.

Moritz failed roadside sobriety tests, and after his arrest, police located an open beer can in the vehicle, according to the release.

A McHenry County judge granted a search warrant to collect a blood sample from Moritz. A blood test showed the man’s blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit, according to the release.

Prosecutors additionally learned that Moritz had six prior DUIs on his record. The previous arrests elevated the DUI charge to a felony typically punishable by as many as 30 years in prison.

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