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Crime & Courts

DeKalb man charged with DUI right before rape trial

MAPLE PARK – Days before his trial on sexual assault charges was to begin in DeKalb County, Michael T. Gholson was stopped for driving 101 mph on his motorcycle in Kane County, authorities said.

After Kane County Sheriff's police stopped him, Gholson told the officer he'd had 2 1/2 beers, but his blood-alcohol content was measured at 0.202 percent, more than twice the legal limit, records show.

Gholson, 37, of the 3800 block of South Pointe Drive, DeKalb, was charged Friday, June 13, with driving under the influence, driving with a blood-alcohol content greater than 0.08 percent and speeding more than 40 miles an hour over the 55-mile an hour limit, sheriff's records show.

Gholson was acquitted of a rape charge Tuesday after a two-day trial in Sycamore. Gholson had been accused of raping his friend's wife at their Somonauk home Dec. 15, 2010.

On Friday, Gholson was riding his black 1994 Yamaha motorcycle west on Route 38 near Howard Road near Maple Park about 4:30 p.m. Friday when a deputy used radar to clock his speed, authorities said. Once he passed the officer, he slowed to 88 mph, according to a police report.

Gholson posted $100 cash and his driver's license as bail and is scheduled to appear in Kane County branch court July 16.

According to the Illinois Secretary of State, Gholson has a clean driving record with no moving violations.

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