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Drunk driver in 2009 Lockport crash sentenced to six years

Michael Bourdage

A 25-year-old Homer Glen man with a history of drunk driving was sentenced Thursday to six years in prison for causing the death of a 19-year-old motorist, also from Homer Glen, in a 2009 crash in Lockport.

Will County Circuit Judge Daniel Rozak sentenced Michael R. Bourdage, who faced a maximum seven years. Bourdage pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of aggravated driving under the influence resulting in a crash that injures or kills someone. Prosecutors then dropped a reckless homicide with a motor vehicle charge.

Bourdage was driving a Dodge Ram pick-up truck shortly before 2 p.m. Dec. 11, 2009 when he ran a red light near the 143rd Street off-ramp from Interstate 355. His pick-up truck broadsided a Dodge Neon driven by Kevin Benes, who was driving home from work as an electrician. Benes, a 2008 graduate of Lockport Township High School, died at the scene.

Bourdage was ordered to attend counseling and participate in a victim-impact program. He pleaded guilty to driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit in December 2007. His 12-month probation was unaffected by an arrest in June 2008 for transporting opened alcohol while driving in Homer Glen.

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