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Drunken Romeoville mayor couldn't say ABCs

Romeoville official also had trouble counting backward, walking straight

Romeoville Mayor John Noak spoke to Romeoville police after he was pulled over in April for being suspected of driving under the influence. Noak couldn't recite the alphabet or count backwards, police dashcam video showed.
Romeoville Mayor John Noak spoke to Romeoville police after he was pulled over in April for being suspected of driving under the influence. Noak couldn't recite the alphabet or count backwards, police dashcam video showed.

Romeoville Mayor John Noak couldn’t recite the alphabet or count backward after his own village’s police officers pulled him over in connection with drunken driving, according to police dashcam video.

Noak also had trouble keeping his balance as he walked heel-to-toe and when he tried to stand on one foot, the video shows.

Noak was arrested in April shortly after he delivered his State of the Village address at the Edward Hospital Athletic and Event Center.

Less than a month later, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 12 months’ court supervision. Noak also was fined $1,550 and was ordered to submit to an alcohol evaluation and attend a victim impact panel.

After pleading guilty, Noak apologized to his family, friends and the community. He also explained that he “recently had a back injury” and “was on a new medication.”

“But that is my responsibility,” Noak said.

According to a police report, Noak was “fumbling” and “continued to struggle with his wallet” when asked for his driver’s license and proof of insurance, then dropped a card between the seat and the car’s center console.

Instead of an insurance card, police said, Noak produced a “white card that said ‘Securicode Keyless Entry,’ ” and then handed an officer a “AAA club membership card.”

Noak told the officers he had been unable to stay in his lane while driving because he was “talking to people,” police said, and he also denied having had anything to drink.

When asked to recite the alphabet from the letter B to the letter P, Noak said, “B, ... umm ... D, E, F, G, F, ... umm ... G, H, G, H, F, K, ... umm ... P,” according to a police report.

When asked to count backward from 89 to 61, Noak said, “89, 88, 86, 89, 88, 89, 87, 86, 85 ... OK? and stopped,” according to a police report.

An officer asked Noak if he suffered medical conditions, and Noak told him, “There might be,” according to the report. Noak also said he was in pain, according to the report, and attributed it to “umm umm ... actually. ... I get in ... something ... tomorrow.”

Noak said he took a prescription the night before, according to the report, and said “during the day today or during his event” he took “Advil ... stuff ...”

During field sobriety testing, Noak said he “recently had an incident that uhh ... made it so I couldn’t move,” according to the report.

In the video, Noak appeared to perform poorly on the field sobriety tests.

“At the conclusion of the testing I asked Noak how much he had to drink during the day and he said, ‘ ... I have no idea ... I’ve had ... had had uhh prescription ... before that, and I have no idea,’ ” according to the report.

He was placed under arrest.

As he was being driven to the police station, Noak told the officer, to “let the chief know ... or [Village Manager Steve] Gulden ... do we really want to do this?” according to the report, which also quoted Noak saying, “ ... you know this is gonna be a problem, right?”

Noak refused to submit to breath, blood or urine testing, police said.

Police Chief Mark Turvey arrived and calmed an “upset/crying” Noak, according to the report, but Noak later apparently threatened Turvey, saying, “I’m coming for you.”

“Noak’s tone and demeanor as he made this statement appeared to be a veiled threat but was not accompanied with any aggressive body language or movements,” according to the report.

Noak asked an officer if the area was recorded, according to the report, and when he learned there was video but no audio, approached an officer, shook his hand and told him, “You’re done.”

The officer agreed that the booking process was done, according to the report, and Noak replied, “No, you’re done.”

“Due to Noak’s tone of voice and his body language I took this statement to me as hostile and threatening,” the officer said in the report.

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