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ISP: Wrong-way DUI driver was already facing wrong-way DUI driving charge

(MCT) — A man arrested this morning for driving the wrong way on I-290 while under the influence was already facing 2010 charges in Chicago of driving the wrong way while drunk, the Illinois State Police said.

At about 2:30 a.m. Victor H. Rocha, 34, of the 1500 block of South Sangamon Street, was stopped while traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of I-290, merging northbound onto the ramp from 1-90 southbound near Schaumburg, according to an ISP release. He was driving a 2009 silver Hyundai.

Rocha was charged today with felony driving under the influence, driving the wrong way, operating a vehicle with a revoked driver's license and disobeying a traffic control device, police said.

Officers then discovered that Rocha was facing charges from a prior driving under the influence and driving the wrong way arrest that took place in 2010 at Orleans and Superior Streets in Chicago, the ISP said.

"Anytime a wrong-way driver is behind the wheel, the public and motorists are at risk," District Chicago Captain Luis Gutierrez said in the release. "The real tragedy here is that this is the second time this driver has violated the law and endangered the public safety of others."

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