Wade Miquelon, the Chief Financial Officer for Walgreen Company was arrested in Kenilworth, Illinois for DUI. The chief financial officer for a company is one of its highest ranking officials. Kenilworth is one of the wealthiest suburbs in the United States.
This is Miquelon’s second DUI arrest in less than a year. At the time of his first DUI arrest, he registered a BAC of .128. The legal limit in Illinois is .08.
In connection with the first DUI arrest, Miquelon was granted court supervision for 12 months. Because a disposition of court supervision does not result in a driver’s license revocation, Miquelon was not required to have a driver’s license reinstatement hearing with the Illinois Secretary of State. Also, due to court supervision, there was no threat of jail time.
A second DUI arrest presents Miquelon with a whole new set of problems. Court supervision for DUI is available only once in your lifetime.
The idea that supervision does not “go on your record” is only partially true. The Illinois Secretary of State maintains different driving records. Access to some of those records is restricted.
The first type of record is the “internal” record. This is a totally secret file the Secretary of State maintains on all drivers. He will not even allow you to view your own internal record.
Another record is the “court purposes” record. The information in this record is available to the driver, as well as to police agencies, the prosecutor and the judge. If you receive court supervision, it will appear on the court purposes record. This prevents you from receiving a second court supervision.
The third driving record is the public record. Court supervision does not show up on this record. This is the record your insurance company or an employer or potential employer would be allowed to view.
As we have discussed previously, there are different consequences from a DUI arrest. There are criminal penalties and there are driver’s license consequences.
Miquelon could face up to 364 days in the county jail if convicted of the DUI. He could also be fined up to $2,500.
Since this is Miquelon’s second DUI arrest in less than 5 years and because he refused to take a breath test, his driver’s license will be suspended for 3 years. During that 3-year period, he cannot drive for any reason, including a restricted or hardship license.
Miquelon’s arrest follows closely on the heels of the recent DUI arrest of Louis Lower, Chief Executive Officer of Springfield Illinois insurance company Horace Mann. The moral of the story is that even the rich and powerful can be snared by the DUI laws.