Joliet Councilman arrested for DUI

From the Chicago Tribune:

A Joliet city councilman who was charged this month with driving under the influence pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Will County court, his attorney said.

Jim McFarland, 37, was pulled over by Illinois State Police about 2:30 a.m. July 10 on Interstate 80 near Interstate 355 in the New Lenox area, authorities said. He was charged with misdemeanor DUI and ticketed for improper lane usage, driving without insurance and speeding, authorities said. Tuesday was his first court appearance since the incident.

McFarland’s attorney, George Lenard, said he requested in court that recordings of the radio communications from the traffic stop be preserved. He also provided a copy of McFarland’s insurance card to show he was insured the day of the stop.

McFarland, who was elected as an at-large city councilman in 2013, faces up to 364 days in the County Jail if found guilty of the misdemeanor DUI charge.


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