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Article updated: 5/14/2013 5:53 AM

Batavia woman gets 4 years for 4th DUI, probation violation

By Harry Hitzeman

A 32-year-old Batavia woman was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to her fourth DUI, prosecutors said.

Jeanette Baum, of the 0-99 block of North Lincoln Avenue, was more than twice the legal intoxication threshold the morning of Nov. 27, 2012, when she crashed her car into a utility box after dropping her child off at school, according to prosecutors.

Baum also was on probation for a drug charge at the time.

Kane County prosecutors said Baum had a blood alcohol concentration of .19 after the crash near North Avenue and North Jefferson Street in Batavia. She failed field sobriety tests.

Prosecutors said her three previous DUI arrests occurred between 1997 and 2007 in Kane and DuPage counties. She also was on probation for a 2011 conviction for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

The North Central Narcotics Task Force, which is a unit of the Illinois State Police, searched her North Aurora residence in January 2011 and seized cocaine, marijuana, $10,000 and packaging materials.

Her co-defendant in the drug case, Michael E. McGregor, was sentenced to 44 years in prison on the drug charge, according to court records. It was his fourth felony drug charge conviction.

Kane County Judge John Barsanti sentenced Baum on Friday to four years for the DUI charge and four years for the probation violation, although the sentences are to be served at the same time, prosecutors said.

She can have her sentence halved for good behavior while in prison and will get credit for 165 days she spent at the Kane County jail while her case was pending.

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