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Genoa man hits utility pole, mailbox before rolling car, charged with DUI

GENOA – A 28-year-old Genoa man accused of driving drunk on Melms Road when he hit a utility pole and a mail box, then rolled his car, was released Wednesday afternoon on his recognizance.

DeKalb County Sheriff's deputies responded at 2:39 a.m. to the one-car crash west of Eisenhower Road, and said in court records that Zachary A. Alvarado-Leske, of the 300 block of Second Street, denied medical assistance and refused to submit to field sobriety tests, resulting in a one-year suspension of his license.

A deputy said in court records that Alvarado-Leske smelled strongly of alcohol at the time of his arrest.

A news release from the sheriff's office said Alvarado-Leske was westbound when he lost control of his 1996 Toyota Camry, crossed the eastbound lane and entered the south ditch before striking a mailbox, hitting a ComEd utility pole and rolling into a field, where the vehicle came to rest upside-down.

Alvarado-Leske was charged with driving under the influence, and if convicted, could face up to a year in jail. He said in court he plans to hire a lawyer.

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