Prosecutors Friday upgraded to a felony the DUI charges against a Streamwood man found slumped over his steering wheel Monday.
Jerzy W. Bryniak, 50, has been charged with aggravated DUI, which is punishable by up to three years in prison. Probation is also available. He has been in custody on $40,000 bail since his arrest Monday.
A Streamwood officer responding to a call of a suspicious vehicle about 9:25 p.m. Monday found Bryniak in the driver's seat of his car on the 150 block of Winchester Drive, Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Katherine Levine said. After the officer asked for Bryniak's license, he handed over his car keys, then a checkbook and finally a passport, Levine said. Authorities later learned Bryniak had never been issued a driver's license.
The officer noted his eyes were bloodshot and glassy, that he smelled of alcohol and that there were two open beer cans on the floor, Levine said. A search turned up a small bottle of vodka in his pocket, Levine said.
At the police station, Bryniak's blood alcohol content was measured at 0.385 percent, Levine said. That is nearly five times the legal limit to drive.
Judge Jill Cerone Marisie ordered Bryniak into the 60-day Gateway substance abuse treatment program at Cook County jail. If he completes the program and pleads guilty, Marisie said she will place him on 24 months' felony probation.
Bryniak next appears in court on April 25.