Crime & Courts

Judge revokes probation for area man with 3 DUIs

Steven Hopp, 25, Wonder Lake
Steven Hopp, 25, Wonder Lake

A McHenry County judge on Wednesday issued a three-year prison sentence to a man who had been arrested three times for allegedly driving under the influence.

Steven Hopp previously was sentenced to one year of probation after pleading guilty March 1, 2018, to aggravated DUI. Prosecutors sought to revoke Hopp’s probation, however, after the 25-year-old violated several conditions of the sentence, prosecutors said in court Wednesday.

Hopp, of the 5800 block of McCullom Lake Road, Wonder Lake, initially was arrested in May 2017. The charges stemmed from a Nov. 27, 2016, situation in which Hopp was accused of driving under the influence, according to an indictment filed in McHenry County court.

Hopp accepted an offer from the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office on March 1, 2018, and pleaded guilty to aggravated DUI. The offense is a felony typically punishable by three to seven years in prison.

In exchange for his plea, prosecutors dismissed additional counts of aggravated DUI and Hopp was sentenced to one year of probation.

As a condition of his probation, Hopp was ordered to attend drug and alcohol treatment, and was told not to commit additional crimes.

On June 11, 2018, however, Hopp was arrested and charged in Lake County with criminal trespass to property. McHenry County sheriff’s officers also charged Hopp on May 24 with driving on a revoked license, records show.

Hopp additionally failed to complete drug and alcohol treatment, and hasn’t reported to his probation officer since June 2018, prosecutors said.

He now must serve 50% of his prison term and will receive credit for time he already has spent in the county jail, McHenry County Judge Robert Wilbrandt ordered.

“Mr. Hopp, you have a problem with alcohol. You know that; we know that,” Wilbrandt said. “Let’s see if you can learn something from this.”

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