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Prison for Antioch man convicted of 4th DUI

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A 30-year-old Antioch man pleaded guilty to his fourth DUI Tuesday and was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

"This is a big problem I brought on myself and now I have to deal with the consequences," said Ruben Juarez.

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Juarez, of the 1200 block of Kathleen Drive, has eight convictions for driving without a license, although prosecutors say not all of them are DUI-related.

On Nov. 30, 2013, a Prospect Heights police officer noticed Juarez drifting from the inside to the outside lane as he drove north on Milwaukee Avenue. He was driving 48 mph in a 35 mph zone, prosecutors said during his bond hearing last year.

Juarez acknowledged that he will have to "learn from this mistake."

"You have to change your ways," said Cook County Judge Thomas Fecarotta, adding that with Juarez's record, no judge would hesitate to send him to prison.

Fecarotta also ordered Juarez to pay $2,500 in fines.

Juarez received credit for 221 days in custody. He must complete at least 50 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.

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