Updated: November 30, 2012 6:20AM
Too many DUIs and names: A 54-year-old Elgin drunk-driving suspect could spend most of the rest of his life in prison after police figured out he has been convicted of driving under the influence some 15 times before, under 14 different names. According to reports released late last week by Elgin police, the latest round of trouble began for Juan Diaz, of the 200 block of West Highland Avenue, about 10:45 p.m. on Oct. 20 when two people in a car going westbound on I-90 saw Diaz’s work van driving erratically, swerving from lane to lane. They called 911 and stayed on the phone as they followed the van, homing in police to its location. The callers told police they followed Diaz as he got off the tollway in Elgin and drove to Gifford Place near Villa Street, where he parked and Elgin police arrested him. Driving along Dundee Avenue and Villa Street, the callers said, he sometimes went into the opposing lane and turned one corner so fast that the van almost tipped over. Police said Diaz at first gave them two false names and birth dates. But using various data bases, investigators concluded he has been convicted of DUI 13 or 14 times in Illinois since 1989, has had his driver’s license revoked, and has been convicted four times of driving with a revoked license. In addition, police believe, he was already wanted on warrants by both the state tollway police and DuPage County on aggravated-DUI charges, he once held a second Illinois driver’s license under the name “Juan M. Diaz-DeLeon” that also has been revoked, and he also has been charged with DUI twice in Texas. In the latest case, prosecutors authorized charging him with aggravated DUI after more than six prior DUI convictions, which is a Class X felony punishable by lengthy prison time, plus lesser counts of DUI and aggravated driving while license revoked. Diaz’s bail was set at $250,000 and he was being held Sunday in the Kane County jail.
Third break-in: A family who lives along West Highland Avenue told police last Monday that their home had been burglarized for the third time in recent months, police reported late last week. The family said the intruder had stolen a flat-screen TV, a PlayStation 3 game unit and a mobile “hotspot” device. Police said two of the break-ins had occurred while the family lived in the current house and one while they had lived at an address on National Street.
Clothing missing: According to reports released late last week, a resident of the 1200 block of Bradley Circle told police on Oct. 21 that someone stole five men’s suits, a Stetson cowboy hat, other hats, a watch and some documents from the home. There was no sign of forced entry, he said.