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Police: Driver said 'I am drunk. Arrest me.'

Published: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 10:47 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 10:50 a.m. CDT
Joshua A. Chavez, 30, was charged with DUI.

DeKALB — Joshua A. Chavez told police to arrest him after a crash outside DeKalb that injured himself and a Mendota woman Monday, court records show.

Chavez, 30, of the 2800 block of North 4650th Road in Sandwich, was traveling east about 6:17 a.m. Monday in a 1987 Oldsmobile Cutlass on Perry Road. He ran the stop sign at Route 23 south of DeKalb and sideswiped a 2011 Chevrolet Impala, driven by Kimberly L. Shumack, police said.

"I am drunk. Arrest me," Chavez told police at the crash street, according to court records.

Shumack, 36, of Mendota, was taken to Kishwaukee Hospital for her injuries and was released, police said. Chavez also was taken to Kishwaukee Hospital for his injuries, police said. He remained in jail about 10 a.m. Wednesday unable to post 10 percent of his $50,000 bond.

A DeKalb County Sheriff's deputy said in court records that Chavez was stumbling with the smell of alcohol on his breath and had glossy eyes and slurred speech. Chavez did not take a blood-alcohol test, but when at the hospital, he repeatedly said he knew he was driving over the legal limit and shouldn't have been driving, court records show.

Chavez was charged with two counts of aggravated driving under the influence, driving with a revoked license, operating an uninsured vehicle, driving too fast for the conditions, improper lane use and disobeying a stop sign.

This most recent DUI charge is at least the third time Chavez has been accused of driving drunk, court records show. His license was revoked after a 2006 DUI charge. He is next due in court Thursday.

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