two guilty pleas
in DUI and chase

CARPENTERSVILLE – A Chicago man pleaded guilty Thursday to drunken driving in a 2011 incident in which he injured police officers and damaged police cruisers in a chase through Carpentersville and West Dundee.

Henry Benjamin III, 39, of the 100 block of North Mozart Street, Chicago, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated DUI and one count of aggravated driving on a revoked license. Both are Class 2 felonies.

Sentencing was set for Feb. 14. Benjamin faces between six and 60 years in prison because of four prior DUI convictions that included prison time, the Kane County State’s Attorney Office said in a news release.

On March 12, 2011, Carpentersville police stopped Benjamin’s vehicle at Route 25. He then sped away, dragging an officer a short way and starting a chase through Carpentersville and West Dundee. Benjamin lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a police car at Routes 31 and 72 in West Dundee.

An investigation revealed Benjamin’s blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

– Stephen Di Benedetto

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