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Police: Semi driver was drunk on I-88

Published: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 2:35 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 4:15 p.m. CDT
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Wade T. King, 23, of Pine Dale, N.M., was charged with two counts of driving under the influence and one count of operating a commercial motor vehicle without a commercial driver's license.

SYCAMORE – A 23-year-old New Mexico man who ran a state maintenance vehicle off the road on  Interstate 88 was driving a semitrailer while drunk, police said.

Wade T. King, of Chestnut Canyon Road in Pine Dale, was charged with two counts of driving under the influence and one count of operating a commercial motor vehicle without a commercial driver's license, court records show. He remained in DeKalb County Jail on Thursday unable to post $15,000 bond.

Illinois State Police say they received a report of King driving recklessly about 6:39 p.m. Tuesday when the semitrailer he was driving ran a tollway maintenance vehicle off the road, court records show. He was on Interstate 88 west of Annie Glidden Road.

An Illinois state trooper stopped King and arrested him for DUI after he failed sobriety tests. His blood-alcohol content registered as 0.13 percent, over the legal limit of 0.08. The trooper also found bottles of liquor in the cab, court records show.

King did not have a valid commercial vehicle license, but did have a driver's license from New Mexico, court records show.

If convicted of the more serious charge, aggravated driving under the influence, King would face up to three years in prison. He is next due in court Feb. 27.

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