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11/15/88 the People of the State of v. James R. Marley

November 15, 1988

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, PLAINTIFF-APPELLEE

v.

JAMES R. MARLEY, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT



APPELLATE COURT OF ILLINOIS, FIFTH DISTRICT

531 N.E.2d 107, 176 Ill. App. 3d 401, 125 Ill. Dec. 928 1988.IL.1651

Appeal from the Circuit Court of Montgomery County; the Hon. Dennis M. Huber, Judge, presiding.

APPELLATE Judges:

PRESIDING JUSTICE HARRISON delivered the opinion of the court. LEWIS and CALVO, JJ., concur.

DECISION OF THE COURT DELIVERED BY THE HONORABLE JUDGE HARRISON

Defendant, James R. Marley, appeals from a judgment of the circuit court of Montgomery County denying his request for rescission of the summary suspension of his driver's license imposed pursuant to section 11-501.1 of the Illinois Vehicle Code (Code) (Ill. Rev. Stat. 1987, ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-501.1). As grounds for his appeal, Marley argues that the suspension cannot stand because: (1) he was not served with notice of the suspension "immediately" as required by section 11-501.1(f-1) of the Code (Ill. Rev. Stat. 1987, ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-501.1(f-1)), and (2) the circuit court did not require the State to lay a foundation for admission of the results of his breath test at the rescission hearing. For the reasons which follow, we find these arguments to be without merit. We therefore affirm.

The record shows that on the evening of Friday, January 1, 1988, defendant was driving through the town of Nokomis, Illinois, in his Ford pickup truck. He stopped at a stop sign at the intersection of South Maple and Route 16, "revved" the truck's engine, then "took off trying to spin its tires" as he turned right from South Maple onto Route 16. In the course of executing this turn, defendant lost control of his vehicle. The truck "jumped" the curb and struck a light pole. The force of the collision was so great that the pole was knocked off its base and into an awning hung from a nearby building.

After the collision, defendant backed his truck off the sidewalk where it had come to rest, reentered the roadway, and proceeded west down Route 16. All of these events were witnessed by Officer Keith Hancock of the Nokomis police department, who activated the light bar on his police cruiser and gave pursuit as defendant attempted to leave the scene. Hancock succeeded in causing defendant to pull over to the side of the road. He then approached defendant's truck and asked defendant to exit the vehicle and to exhibit his driver's license.

As Hancock spoke with defendant, he detected the odor of alcohol on defendant's breath. He also observed that defendant's speech was slow and that defendant "was unsure of what he was doing." Hancock thereupon decided to arrest defendant for "reckless driving, DUI and illegal consumption by a minor" and took him into custody.

After transporting defendant to the Nokomis police station, Hancock issued warnings to him regarding the possible summary suspension of his driver's license pursuant to section 11-501.1 of the Illinois Vehicle Code (Ill. Rev. Stat. 1987, ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-501.1). Those warnings conformed to the requirements imposed by section 11-501.1(c) of the Code (Ill. Rev. Stat. 1987, ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-501.1(c)) in situations where, as here, an individual is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. According to Hancock, the warnings were read to defendant verbatim from a department form which Hancock had sworn to and signed. Defendant was also apparently given a copy of the form containing the warnings to read for himself.

After receiving the requisite statutory warnings, defendant was taken to the Montgomery County jail in Hillsboro, where the proper equipment was available for administering a breath-test analysis. Defendant was asked if he would submit to such a test, and he consented. The test was then administered by Joseph W. LeBeane, an Illinois State trooper, using a machine called an Intoxilyzer. The test disclosed a blood-alcohol concentration of .19, which exceeded the legal limit.

Officer Hancock then proceeded to complete the necessary paperwork on defendant's arrest, including a notice of statutory summary suspension of defendant's driver's license pursuant to section 11-501.1 of the Illinois Vehicle Code (Ill. Rev. Stat. 1987, ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-501.1). Before Hancock could serve a copy of the notice on defendant, however, defendant was able to post bond and, unknown to Hancock, he was released from custody by the jailer at the Montgomery County facility. Following repeated efforts to contact defendant so that he could be given the notice, service was finally accomplished the following Monday, January 4.

Defendant promptly requested the circuit court of Montgomery County to rescind the statutory summary suspension. (See Ill. Rev. Stat. 1987, ch. 95 1/2, par. 2-118.1.) Following an evidentiary hearing, that request was denied, and defendant now appeals. On this appeal, as he did before the trial court, defendant contends that the suspension cannot stand because the delayed service of notice on him did not comport with section 11-501.1(f-1) of the Illinois Vehicle Code (Ill. Rev. Stat. 1987, ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-501.1(f-1)), which provides:

" Effective January 1, 1987 and thereafter, the law enforcement officer submitting the sworn report under paragraph (d) shall serve immediate notice of the statutory summary ...


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