5 years in prison for 4th DUI that injured pedestrian in Aurora

Updated 7/9/2018 5:19 PM
  • Richard A. Frost can have his five-year prison term cut in half under state law.

    Richard A. Frost can have his five-year prison term cut in half under state law.

A 48-year-old Montgomery man has been sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to his fourth DUI in which he struck a pedestrian in downtown Aurora, had a blood alcohol content of more than twice the legal threshold and was found with open liquor in his vehicle.

Richard A. Frost, of the 300 block of North Main Street, pleaded guilty last week to felony aggravated DUI and was sentenced by Judge Clint Hull, according to prosecutors and court records.

In January, Frost pleaded guilty to his third DUI and was to be sentenced in March. However, new information came to light, the guilty plea was vacated, and Frost was charged with a more severe felony that carried a top prison term of seven years.

According to prosecutors, Frost was driving near East Galena Boulevard and South Stolp Avenue when he struck a pedestrian who was getting into a car shortly before 4 p.m. Dec. 3, 2016.

The victim got into his car, called police and tailed Frost until he stopped on the 400 block of South Lake Street. When police tried to talk to him, Frost lied about his name because his license was revoked because of a previous DUI, prosecutors said.

Police found a half-empty bottle of whiskey in Frost's coat pocket; he later told authorities he didn't know he had struck the pedestrian, who suffered minor injuries.

When taken to the Aurora police station, Frost's blood-alcohol concentration, or BAC, was .185; the legal threshold in Illinois is .08.

Prosecutors said Frost has previous DUI convictions: In 1991 and 1995 in Will County, and in 2002 in Cook County.

Under state law, Frost can have his prison sentence cut in half for good behavior; he gets two days served in the Kane County jail.

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