APPELLATE COURT OF ILLINOIS, SECOND DISTRICT
522 N.E.2d 909, 168 Ill. App. 3d 426, 119 Ill. Dec. 247 1988.IL.642
Appeal from the Circuit Court of Du Page County; the Hon. Maryellen Provenzale, Judge, presiding.
PRESIDING JUSTICE LINDBERG delivered the opinion of the court. WOODWARD and UNVERZAGT, JJ., concur.
DECISION OF THE COURT DELIVERED BY THE HONORABLE JUDGE LINDBERG
The petition of defendant, H. Peter Keller, for rescission of the statutory summary suspension of his driving privileges (Ill. Rev. Stat. 1985, ch. 95 1/2, par. 2-118.1) was denied by the circuit court of Du Page County pursuant to the State's motion for a directed verdict at the Conclusion of defendant's case in chief. He appeals and we affirm.
In any case in which plaintiff has failed to make out a prima facie case, i.e., he has not presented at least some evidence on every element essential to his cause of action, defendant is entitled to judgment in his favor as a matter of law. (Kokinis v. Kotrich (1980), 81 Ill. 2d 151, 407 N.E.2d 43.) Section 2-118.1 of the Illinois Vehicle Code (Ill. Rev. Stat. 1985, ch. 95 1/2, par. 2-118.1) sets forth certain issues to which a summary suspension hearing is to be limited:
"1. Whether the person was placed under arrest for an offense as defined in Section 11 -- 501, or a similar provision of a local ordinance, as evidenced by the issuance of a Uniform Traffic Ticket; and
2. Whether the arresting officer had reasonable grounds to believe that such person was driving or in actual physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, other drug, or combination thereof; and
3. Whether such person, after being advised by the arresting officer that the privilege to operate a motor vehicle would be suspended if the person refused to submit to and complete the test or tests, did refuse to submit to or complete such test or tests to determine the person's alcohol or drug concentration; or
4. Whether the person, after being advised by the arresting officer that the privilege to operate a motor vehicle would be suspended if the person submits to a chemical test, or tests, and such test discloses an alcohol concentration of 0.10 or more, and such person did submit to and complete such test or tests which determined an alcohol concentration 0.10 or more." Ill. Rev. Stat. 1985, ch. 95 1/2, par. 2-118.1(b).
Defendant contested three of the four statutorily prescribed issues for the rescission of a summary suspension, specifically contending: (1) the officer did not arrest him (Ill. Rev. Stat. 1985, ch. 95 1/2, par. 2-118.1(b)(1)); (2) the officer did not have reasonable grounds to believe that defendant was operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, other drug or a combination thereof (Ill. Rev. Stat. 1985, ch. 95 1/2, par. 2-118.1(b)(2)); and (3) the officer did not advise him that his privilege to operate a motor vehicle would be suspended if he submitted to a chemical test which determined a concentration of .10 or more; whether the results indicated an alcohol concentration of .10 or more (Ill. Rev. Stat. 1985, ch. 95 1/2, par. 2-118-1(b)(4)).
At the hearing on defendant's petition, his attorney, Donald J. Mock, examined defendant and the arresting officer. The State did not cross-examine either witness. Defendant rested, and the State moved for a directed verdict in its favor arguing that defendant failed to adduce evidence to sustain his burden of proof on any of the three issues.
Our reading of the record of the extraordinarily truncated examination by attorney Mock of his client, the defendant, established that he asked only three questions of ...