Yorkville woman sentenced to prison following 4th DUI conviction

  • Gail I. Govednik

    Gail I. Govednik

Updated 2/2/2021 2:10 PM

A Yorkville woman has been sentenced to 5 years in prison after pleading guilty to her fourth DUI offense in which she was nearly three times over the legal alcohol limit.

Gail I. Govednik, 31, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one county aggravated DUI as part of a plea deal.


According to prosecutors, Illinois State Police pulled over Govednik at 12:34 a.m. July 15, 2019, after she was driving 106 mph on westbound Interstate 88 near North Aurora. At the time, Govednik had a blood-alcohol concentration of .238, according to police. The legal BAC threshold in Illinois is .08.

As part of the plea deal, Govednik will receive credit for 199 days she has spent in the Kane County jail, plus 60 days for participating in an addiction recovery program while in the jail. She will have to serve at least half her sentence before becoming eligible for release, according to the plea deal.

Charges of speeding, improper lane use and failure to signal when changing lanes were dropped in exchange for her guilty plea.

Govednik also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery for kicking a police officer in the thigh in Aurora on Sept. 1, 2020. She was originally charged with felony aggravated battery to a peace officer. Govednik was sentenced to one year of probation, which will be served after she is released from prison.

She still faces other criminal charges, including charges of theft and possession of a controlled substance from August 2019. She was charged with felony retail theft in June 2020, felony theft in July 2020 and felony trespassing in July 2020.

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