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Batavia man charged with felony aggravated DUI

Published: Friday, Aug. 2, 2013 5:31 a.m. CDT

GENEVA – A Batavia man with a history of driving offenses was charged July 27 with felony aggravated driving under the influence, because his license was revoked for an earlier DUI conviction, records show.

Martin A. Ruelas, 28, of the 400 block of Raddant Road, Batavia, also was charged with misdemeanor DUI, driving with a revoked license, illegal transportation of alcohol and improper lane use.

The aggravated DUI charge carries a penalty of three to seven years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.

The misdemeanor charges are punishable by up to a year in jail and fines of up to $25,000 each.

Ruelas was released after posting a $2,500 bond, 10 percent of his $25,000 bail. He is to appear in court Aug. 7.

According to police reports, an officer saw Ruelas’ 2012 black Toyota Camry make a wide turn from the 100 block of West State Street onto the 0-99 block of South Bennett Street/Route 25 shortly before 11:30 p.m. 

The officer observed Ruelas driving between two northbound lanes and almost hitting two vehicles traveling south on Bennett, causing them to come to complete stops in order to avoid a collision.

According to court and state records, Ruelas was charged with a DUI in North Aurora in 2005, pleaded guilty and got 12 months of supervision and alcohol treatment. Ruelas again was charged with DUI in 2008 in Batavia, pleaded guilty, received 18 months of supervision and received alcohol treatment, 10 days in jail and 20 days on home monitoring.

In 2010, records show North Aurora police charged Ruelas with walking while drunk at 3:34 a.m. after they found him walking at East Butterfield Road at Pinecreek Drive.

Ruelas  pleaded guilty, paid a $100 fine and received court supervision, according to court records.

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