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Crime & Courts

Man jailed for violating bond conditions

Daniel Chavez appears in court before Judge Phillip Montgomery with public defender Chip Criswell on July 6 at the DeKalb County Courthouse in Sycamore.
Daniel Chavez appears in court before Judge Phillip Montgomery with public defender Chip Criswell on July 6 at the DeKalb County Courthouse in Sycamore.

SYCAMORE – A DeKalb man accused of driving drunk and causing a May 15 crash that killed a Northern Illinois University graduate student will spend Christmas in jail after police said he violated terms of his bail.

DeKalb County Sheriff’s Deputy Brad Sorenson, who heads the electronic home monitoring division, said in court records that Daniel J. Chavez, 26, of the 900 block of Ridge Drive, recently spent more than four hours at a Sycamore bar, and a few hours at a friend’s house in DeKalb on two separate days.

Chavez faces charges of aggravated DUI resulting in death, and two counts of DUI causing great bodily harm and, if convicted, could face three to 14 years in prison.

Chavez was driving a gold 2006 Jeep Laredo east on Lincoln Highway shortly after midnight May 15 when it crossed into the westbound lane and crashed into a 1998 Toyota Camry driven by 23-year-old Sai Kumar Adluru, who was pronounced dead at the scene, court records show.

Chavez was released on his signature by Chief Judge Robbin Stuckert. He was ordered to be on house arrest and wear an alcohol-monitoring bracelet.

Sorenson wrote in a report First Assistant State’s Attorney Stephanie Klein said she received Friday that Chavez was at Ski’s Bar, 1001 W. State St., from 8:12 p.m. Dec. 16 until 12:19 a.m. Dec. 17. The report also shows Chavez was at two different friends’ places in DeKalb – from
6:50 p.m. to 11:13 p.m. Dec. 10 in the 900 block of Pembrooke Lane, and from 12:05 to 3:01 a.m. Thursday in the 400 block of West Lincoln Highway.

Sorenson also wrote in the report that Chavez still owes more than $400 on about $1,400 he’s been ordered to pay in ankle bracelet fees.

Klein said the motion her office has filed to revoke or increase Chavez’s bond was based on the report from the EHM division, and she hasn’t received any violation reports from the county’s drug treatment division, which oversees secure continuous remote alcohol monitoring violations.

“We filed the motion, based on the information we had this morning,” Klein said.

Chavez has twice failed to appear for court appearances.

Judge Philip Montgomery ruled during a bond hearing Friday afternoon that this time, Chavez will stay in jail until at least 11 a.m. Wednesday, when the state’s motion will be ruled upon at a hearing. Sorenson and Klein will be on vacation, but Klein said members of their offices will fill in while they’re away.

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