Call from concerned driver leads to Richmond DUI arrest

Mark E. Rodriguez is charged with aggravated driving under the influence and driving on a suspended or revoked license.

Richmond police on Sunday arrested a 52-year-old Zion man who was charged with driving under the influence after a concerned driver reported the man was steering into oncoming traffic.

Mark E. Rodriguez is charged in McHenry County with multiple counts of aggravated driving under the influence and driving on a suspended or revoked license. At the time of his arrest on Sunday, Rodriguez had previously been charged at least twice with driving under the influence, according to a criminal complaint.

An additional count of aggravated driving under the influence alleges that Rodriguez might previously have been convicted of reckless homicide or causing great bodily harm in a separate incident. Neither prosecutors nor police, however, could confirm whether Rodriguez has such a conviction on his record.

Rodriguez does not appear to have any criminal history in McHenry County, court records show.

He’s scheduled to appear in court Wednesday morning when an attorney from the McHenry County Public Defender’s Office could ask the judge to reduce Rodriguez’s $20,000 bond.

Officers with the Richmond Police Department arrested Rodriguez at 1:17 a.m. Sunday, according to the criminal complaint.

Police were alerted by another driver, who called 911 to report a vehicle driving into oncoming traffic, Richmond police Sgt. Jennifer Fillicaro said.

“Our officer was able to get behind the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop,” Fillicaro said.

Police arrested Rodriguez after he performed several roadside sobriety tests, Fillicaro said.

Rodriguez remained at the McHenry County Jail Tuesday evening.

Katie Smith

Katie Smith

Katie has reported on the crime and courts beat for the Northwest Herald since 2017. She began her career with Shaw Media in 2015 at the Daily Chronicle in DeKalb, where she reported on the courts, city council, the local school board, and business.