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10/20/88 the People of the State of v. Randy L. Brown

October 20, 1988

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, PLAINTIFF-APPELLANT

v.

RANDY L. BROWN, DEFENDANT-APPELLEE



APPELLATE COURT OF ILLINOIS, SECOND DISTRICT

530 N.E.2d 71, 175 Ill. App. 3d 725, 125 Ill. Dec. 153 1988.IL.1556

Appeal from the Circuit Court of Du Page County; the Hon. Ronald Mehling, Judge, presiding.

APPELLATE Judges:

PRESIDING JUSTICE LINDBERG delivered the opinion of the court. UNVERZAGT and INGLIS, JJ., concur.

DECISION OF THE COURT DELIVERED BY THE HONORABLE JUDGE LINDBERG

Defendant, Randy L. Brown, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol (Ill. Rev. Stat. 1985, ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-501(a)(2)) and driving with a blood-alcohol concentration greater than .10 (Ill. Rev. Stat. 1985, ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-501(a)(1)). Defendant's motion to suppress the admission into evidence of the results of the breathalyzer test was granted on the ground that defendant's consent to take the test was not voluntary.

Defendant had been found asleep in his vehicle and was arrested while on private property, a shopping center parking lot. The arresting officer, after administering field sobriety tests, took defendant to the police station, read the "Warnings to Motorists" to him but, before asking defendant if he would take the breathalyzer test, told him that the warnings did not apply to him and that he did not have to take the test because the offense occurred on private property. Defendant took the test anyway.

Specifically, after finding probable cause for the arrest, an issue not before us on appeal, the trial court found:

"Motion to suppress Breathalyzer. This was a case where it was private property and we heard some testimony regarding that, and I think, under the doctrine of fairness that I am going to suppress the results of the Breathalyzer, because there certainly was some confusion there."

The State argues, as it did successfully in this court in People v. Kissel (1986), 150 Ill. App. 3d 283, that the trial court's suppression should be reversed and remanded for a hearing on the voluntariness of defendant's consent to the breathalyzer test. Defendant argues that the trial court found that defendant's consent to take the breathalyzer test was not voluntary because the officer's statement after reading the warnings to motorists, that the warnings did not apply to him because he was on private property, confused him, thus rendering his consent involuntary.

Defendant argues that our holding in Kissel overruled our decision in Village of Algonquin v. Ford (1986), 145 Ill. App. 3d 19, because Kissel was decided after Ford (by about six months). Thus, the question presented is whether a defendant must have voluntarily consented to take a breathalyzer test before the results of that test can be admitted into evidence in a prosecution for driving or having physical control of a vehicle while under the influence or with the blood-alcohol concentration prohibited by the DUI statutes. (Ill. Rev. Stat. 1985, ch. 95 1/2, pars. 501.1(a), (2).) We hold that voluntary consent is not a prerequisite to admissibility of the breathalyzer results (Village of Algonquin v. Ford (1986), 145 Ill. App. 3d 19), the arguments of defendant to the contrary, and the reliance of the State on our People v. Kissel (1986), 150 Ill. App. 3d 283, notwithstanding.

People v. Kissel (1986), 150 Ill. App. 3d 283, presented the question of whether the driving or physical control of a vehicle while intoxicated had to have occurred while the defendant was on the "public highways of this State" (Ill. Rev. Stat. 1983, ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-501.1(a) (implied consent)) or "within this State" (Ill. Rev. Stat. 1983, ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-501(a) ). The only evidence in Kissel was that the driving occurred on private property and, therefore, not "on the public highways of this State," and the court affirmed the trial court's ruling dismissing the implied-consent hearing. Kissel, 150 Ill. App. 3d at 287.

However, as defendant notes, this court in Kissel accepted the State's argument that the cause should be remanded for a hearing on the voluntariness of Kissel's consent to take the breathalyzer test for admissibility in the DUI prosecution. This court concluded that it was apparent that the trial court had only considered Kissel's implied consent and that the trial court, after finding no implied consent, suppressed Kissel's breathalyzer results without considering evidence "directed to the issue of voluntariness of the consent." (People v. Kissel (1986), 150 Ill. App. 3d 283, 287.) This court held that the record relating to the arguments of counsel was not sufficient for resolution of the issue. In sum, the court affirmed the trial court on its dismissal of Kissel's implied-consent hearing but reversed the trial court on the suppression of the breathalyzer-test results for the purposes of the DUI prosecution and remanded the cause for a voluntariness-of-consent hearing.

We reconcile Ford and Kissel on the question of consent by noting that in Kissel this court inferred, at the State's urging by seeking a remand for a hearing on the issue, that the DUI statutes, at the time of Kissel's alleged offense, still required proof that a defendant in a DUI prosecution consented to take the breathalyzer test. (See Ill. Rev. Stat. 1979, ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-501(a)(c).) However, as we noted in Ford, the consent requirement for admission of breathalyzer results in a prosecution for DUI (see, e.g., People v. Lentini (1982), 106 Ill. App. 3d 695) was abolished by the General Assembly effective January 1, 1982. (Compare Ill. Rev. Stat. 1979, ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-501(c)(3), with Ill. Rev. Stat. 1983, ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-501(a).) ...


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