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Crime & Courts

Bond hearing for DeKalb man charged in fatal DUI crash delayed

SYCAMORE – A hearing on whether to increase the bond of a DeKalb man accused of causing a fatal DUI crash in May was postponed multiple times this week as prosecutors awaited results from the man’s alcohol-monitoring bracelet.

Daniel J. Chavez, 26, of the 900 block of Ridge Drive, has been jailed for more than a week and is accused of violating the terms of his bail by spending more than four hours at a Sycamore bar and a few hours at a friend’s house in DeKalb on two separate days despite an order that he remain confined to his home. He also has failed to appear in court twice.

Chavez appeared twice in court on Wednesday and Thursday and by closed circuit video from the DeKalb County Jail on Friday. His hearing was postponed each time.

Judge Philip Montgomery said he was not willing to rule on Chavez’s bond until he saw the report regarding his alcohol-monitoring bracelet.

Prosecutors said Chavez was driving under the influence of alcohol in the early hours of May 15 and crashed into a vehicle driven by 23-year-old Sai Kumar Adluru, a Northern Illinois University graduate student.

Chavez is charged with aggravated DUI resulting in death and two counts of DUI causing great bodily harm. If convicted of the aggravated DUI charge, Chavez could face three to 14 years in prison.

He is next due in court Thursday.

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