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Crime & Courts

Wonder Lake man gets prison sentence for multiple DUIs

Adolfo E. Palomera, 36, of the 7400 block of North Drive, Wonder Lake
Adolfo E. Palomera, 36, of the 7400 block of North Drive, Wonder Lake

A Wonder Lake man with a driving record that a judge called “one of the worst” he’s ever seen, was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for a series of convictions for driving under the influence.

Police initially arrested Adolfo E. Palomera, of the 7400 block of North Drive, in connection with a suspected DUI on Feb. 11, 2016. He was again charged only 11 days later with a separate DUI that occurred while he was free on bond, McHenry County Judge Robert Wilbrandt said.

“Your record is one of the worst I’ve seen in regard to driving,” Wilbrandt said.

Palomera was arrested twice more in McHenry County on unrelated felony DUI charges stemming from incidences Feb. 18, 2017, and March 8, 2017, court records show. The March 8, 2017, charge was dismissed as a condition of Palomera’s plea deal with the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.

The 36-year-old entered a blind guilty plea in January to three separate aggravated DUI charges. Each offense was charged as a felony because Palomera had two prior DUI convictions on his record at the time, prosecutors said.

He also pleaded guilty to driving with a revoked license – a charge for which he’d previously been convicted of at least five separate times, charging documents show.

Palomera apologized in court Wednesday to the victim of a crash that occurred while he was allegedly driving under the influence in 2017.

Although the woman didn’t suffer life-threatening injuries, Wilbrandt said Palomera is a safety risk to other drivers.

“I hope you will see the problems that you have and the problems alcohol has caused in the past,” Wilbrandt told Palomera on Wednesday.

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