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Morris alderman arrested on DUI in Will County

Brian E. Feeney
Brian E. Feeney

MORRIS – Alderman Brian Feeney is out of jail on bond after being arrested in Joliet last week on an aggravated driving under the influence charge.

Brian E. Feeney, 54, of the 800 block of North Street in Morris, was arrested Wednesday by Joliet police and booked into the Will County Detention Facility. According to the Will County online circuit court records, Feeney has been charged with aggravated driving under the influence, a class 2 felony. He also is being cited for two counts of improper lane usage and failure to make notification when causing damage to an unattended vehicle.

Alderman Feeney represents the Third Ward. He returned to the council last October by appointment to fill former Alderman Barry Aldrich's position, who resigned due to moving out of the ward.

Feeney said Monday he had no comment on his arrest.

Mayor Richard Kopczick also said Monday he did not have any comment regarding the incident at this time since he had limited information.

City Attorney Scott Belt has not yet returned messages.

Prior to the most recent appointment, Feeney was on the council for 16 years, but did not seek re-election in 2007 because of a new job. But in 2008, another alderman resigned and Feeney was appointed to finish that term. In 2009, he lost the election to former Alderman Drew Muffler in a close race.

In between stints on the council, Feeney was arrested for DUI in July 2010 by Illinois State Police. He was not an alderman at the time. He was sentenced to 24 months supervision, fined and ordered to attend counseling, the Victim Impact Panel as well as DUI school.

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