Romeoville Mayor John Noak pleaded guilty Tuesday to driving under the influence less than a month after his own village’s police officers arrested him.
“The case is concluded, and I take full responsibility,” Noak said.
Noak explained that he “recently had a back injury” and “was on a new medication.”
“But that is my responsibility,” he said.
Noak was sentenced to 12 months’ court supervision and fined $1,550. He also was ordered to submit to an alcohol evaluation and attend a victim impact panel.
Noak issued a written statement Tuesday afternoon.
“I ... want to publicly apologize to my family, friends and community for what happened,” Noak said in the statement. “I am deeply sorry, and I assure everyone that nothing like this will happen again.”
Noak said he also apologized to the police department, assured the department of his support and said the officers who arrested him “acted appropriately during this entire situation.”
“I would also like to commend the officers for what they did that evening,” he said.
“Everyone is human and can make mistakes, myself included,” Noak said. “I look forward to continuing the great work we have been doing in Romeoville.”
Noak was arrested just hours after he delivered his State of the Village address April 12 at Edward Hospital Athletic and Events Center.
A 53-year-old woman tipped off the law to a vehicle “hitting curbs among other behaviors,” according to a police report. The tipster was driving behind Noak when he was on Route 53 and was “concerned enough with the driving habits” to call 911, according to the report.
A responding police officer located Noak’s black Ford Escape, which was outfitted with specialty mayor registration plates.
Police Chief Mark Turvey later had three short conversations with Noak, the report said. In one conversation, an officer saw Noak upset or crying while Turvey calmed him down.
At one point, Noak told Turvey, “I’m coming for you,” according to the report.