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Article posted: 12/2/2013 6:16 PM

Antioch man accused of 4th DUI

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A 29-year-old Antioch man was ordered held on $60,000 bond Monday following his fourth DUI arrest.

Ruben Juarez, of the 1200 block of Kathleen Drive, also faces charges of driving with a revoked license. If he posts the $6,000 required for his release, Cook County Judge Jill Cerone Marisie ordered him to submit to electronic monitoring.

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Juarez, who prosecutors say has eight previous convictions for driving without a license, was driving a Dodge Durango northeast on River Road Saturday when a Prospect Heights police officer observed him losing control of the car, prosecutors said.

After turning north onto the inside lane of Milwaukee Avenue, Juarez drifted into the outside lane, according to police who determined he was driving 48 mph in a 35 mph zone, said Assistant State's Attorney Maureen McGee.

Approaching the car, the officer noticed Juarez tossing items into the back seat, McGee said. Those items included a plastic bag with cannabis and a metal pipe, prosecutors said.

According to the officer, Juarez had slurred speech, a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage and bloodshot eyes. He told the officer he smoked "a little weed" and had four bottles of beer, McGee said.

If convicted, Juarez faces three to seven years in prison.

He next appears in court on Dec. 17.

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