Arlington Heights police arrested a DUI driver 12:01 AM Monday near Algonquin Road and Tonne Drive Arlington Heights, IL. Just before midnight Sunday/Monday the driver of a silver Honda Pilot was observed approaching an Arlington Heights police squad from behind at a high speed — almost causing a rear-end collision.
The police officer followed the driver and witnessed a male driver accelerate to 60 mph, At the stoplight at Algonquin Road and Arlington Heights Road, the officer observed the vehicle straddling the middle lanes.
Piotr Kowalczyk police photo after DUI arrest …
— Cardinal News (@EarlyReport) September 23, 2014
The police officer stopped the driver with the traffic stop occurring at Algonquin Road and Tonne Drive. The driver was identified as Piotr Kowalczyk, who was discovered to be driving with a revoked license,
Kowalczyk failed field sobriety tests, and his portable breathalyzer test registered a .185 blood alcohol content — over twice the legal threshold of .08. Kowalczyk was arrested and transported to Arlington Heights Police Department Headquarters. His Honda Pilot was towed to a police holding area.
Kowalczyk was charged with Aggravated DUI and Driving without a Valid Driver’s License. A Cook County judge set bail at $300,000 Monday for Kowalczyk, a 47-year-old Mount Prospect man, for his seventh DUI arrest.
Kowalczyk must post 10 percent or $30,000 to be released from custody.
Court date is scheduled for October 16, 2014.
Kowalczyk has six prior DUI convictions.
In 2010 he was convicted of DUI and sentenced to four years in prison.
In 2006, he was sentenced to two years in prison for a DUI conviction, and one year for a 1999 DUI. The sentences were served concurrently.
In 1996, Kowalczyk was sentenced to probation after conviction for a 1996 aggravated DUI.
In 1992, Kowalczyk was convicted of misdemeanor DUI.
In 1989, Kowalczyk was convicted of DUI and was given a sentence of court supervision.
If convicted for the DUI at midnight Monday in Arlington Heights, Kowalczyk faces six to 30 years in prison without probation as an option.
Kowalczyk is scheduled to appear in court on October 16, 2014 in Rolling Meadows Cook County Circuit Court.
Get updates from The Cardinal CRIME BLOG ‘Plus’ on Facebook. Just ‘LIKE’ the ‘Arlington Cardinal Crime & Forensics’ Page (become a fan of our page). The updates cover all posts in the 24/7 Crime Alerts! and sub-categories. See all of The Cardinal Facebook fan pages at Arlingtoncardinal.com/about/facebook …