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updated: 10/20/2013 4:37 PM

Back to prison for Aurora man who killed pasasenger in 2001 DUI crash

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An Aurora man who went to prison for a reckless homicide 12 years ago is headed back there again.

Christopher A. Perez, 34, of the 2200 block of Jericho Road, recently was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated DUI with a previous reckless homicide conviction, according to court records.

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Perez faced up to seven years in prison after he was arrested in Aurora on June 3 while trying to flee a traffic stop. An officer reportedly tried to pull over Perez, who was driving near Claim and Liberty streets at about 1:05 a.m., but he kept driving and jumped out of his sport utility vehicle with it was still in gear in the 200 block of Root Street.

The SUV continued forward and crashed into a parked, unoccupied car. Perez was caught after a short foot chase.

Kane County prosecutors dismissed other charges in exchange for the guilty plea, which was accepted by Judge Thomas Stanfa, according to court records. Perez also must pay a $1,075 fine.

He previously was sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to driving drunk and causing a crash Aug. 20, 2001 that killed his passenger, Willie Pryor, 54, of Aurora, records show.

Perez flipped a 1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible while headed east on Indian Trail Road between Ohio Street and Church Road. His blood alcohol concentration was .107; the legal threshold in Illinois is .08.

Perez receives credit for about four months he spent at the Kane County jail while his case was pending. He also can have his sentence halved for good behavior.

Reading tutors needed: Literacy Volunteers of Illinois is looking for volunteer tutors for juvenile detainees at the Illinois Youth Center in St. Charles.

The tutoring program, called Jump Start, will offer an information session from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Monday at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva, 110 S. Second St.

Most tutors volunteer one to two hours in a supervised environment.

For more information or to reserve a spot, call (312) 857-1582 or visit lvillinois.org.

Dispose of old drugs: The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will take place at police departments throughout the region from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Visit the U.S. Department of Justice's website to search for a department near you.

The seventh annual event allows residents to safely dispose of old, unwanted prescription drugs.

hhitzeman@dailyherald.com

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