A Huntley man has been sentenced to four years in prison after he was convicted in his fifth driving under the influence case where he drove onto someone’s lawn while intoxicated.
Jerry S. Cierniak, 53, of Huntley, was charged in September 2021 with one count of aggravated driving under the influence, driving while license revoked and driving without insurance.
Court documents show a resident called 911 reporting a vehicle drove on his neighbor’s lawn on September 4, 2021.
Officers with the Huntley Police Department responded and located the vehicle, a 2010 Ford Edge, in the area.
The Ford pulled into a driveway and Cierniak, who was the driver, told officers he thought he was in his own driveway, which he was not.
A criminal complaint said Cierniak was operating the Ford on Nelson Drive in Huntley.
Cierniak was found to be under the influence of alcohol but refused all tests, court documents said.
Officers noted he had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage, had slurred speech, was confused and needed support walking.
A grand jury indictment said that Cierniak had four prior violations for driving under the influence.
The first occurred in Cook County in 1991 followed by another in Cook County in 1996.
He also had a DUI arrest in McHenry County in 2002 and another in McHenry County in 2011, the indictment said.
Cierniak was released from custody after posting 10% of a $75,000 bond.
Court records show he entered into a negotiated plea deal with the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office on Tuesday.
He pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated driving under the influence, a Class 1 felony, in exchange for his other charges being dismissed.
McHenry County Judge James Cowlin sentenced Cierniak to four years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Cierniak will be required to serve the sentence at 50% in accordance with truth-in-sentencing guidelines.
Cierniak remains held in the McHenry County Jail awaiting transport to a state prison.