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Freedom revoked after 17th revoked license offense - driver gets 6 years

A man with more than 17 citations for DWLR, driving while license revoked, is going to jail after a judge determined it's the only thing that will keep the man from getting behind the wheel.

Michael L. Diaz, 34, of Aurora, was sentenced today to six years in prison. He was convicted of one felony count of DWLR during a bench trial last October.

Diaz has an extensive rap sheet and hasn't had a driver's license since 1996, according to Kane County Asst. State's Attorney Danielle Bechtold.

The indictment in this case alleged 16 prior DWLR offenses but Bechtold said prosecutors learned of even more DLWR citations in other jurisdictions over the course of the investigation.

Diaz was arrested this last time on Sep. 27, 2009, after police tracked him down following a hit and run accident. Bechtold said at the time, Diaz was on probation for drug and domestic battery convictions.

The DWLR arrest was a violation of probation and Diaz was resentenced to four years for aggravated domestic battery and two years for unlawful possession of a controlled substance, Bechtold said.

He'll serve those sentences concurrently with the six year DWLR sentence handed down today.