APPEAL from the Circuit Court of Du Page County; the Hon.
JAMES R. SULLIVAN, Judge, presiding.
MR. JUSTICE NASH DELIVERED THE OPINION OF THE COURT:
Defendant, Alan C. Cichanski, was charged with four traffic offenses, including driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor (Ill. Rev. Stat. 1977, ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-501) and disobeying a red light (Ill. Rev. Stat. 1977, ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-306). Defendant was discharged on these two counts because the State failed to bring him to trial within 160 days of his demand as is required by statute. (Ill. Rev. Stat. 1977, ch. 38, par. 103-5(b).) The State appeals that judgment, asserting any delay in the prosecution of these charges was attributable to defendant. We affirm the ruling of the trial court.
The chronology of relevant events is as follows:
June 10, 1978 - defendant charged with three offenses
July 27, 1978 - speedy trial demand filed; trial set for August 4
August 4, 1978 - trial set for November 14
November 6, 1978 - a fourth charge consolidated with original three; continued to November 14
November 13, 1978 - defendant filed motions for hearing on November 14
November 14, 1978 - all defense motions denied; trial reset to December 12 due to lack of available jurors
November 28, 1978 - defendant filed renewed motions and motions for list of witnesses, production of confession; for hearing on November 30
November 30, 1978 - discovery granted; hearing set December 8 on motion to suppress evidence; defense counsel advised of this by State's Attorney by telephone
December 8, 1978 - defense counsel did not appear due to scheduling conflict; hearing continued to December 12
December 12, 1978 - motion to suppress denied after hearing; trial ...