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Crime & Courts

Crashes, DUI charges mark dangerous weekend on DeKalb County roads

Sheriff's office responds to several crashes; no life-threatening injuries or fatalities reported

DeKalb County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a number of dangerous situations on county roads this weekend, with several crashes reported and at least six people facing driving under the influence charges, according to news releases.

Police suspect impaired driving was a factor in at least two of the weekend crashes. Luckily, there were no fatalities reported and only a couple of instances in which people were taken to hospitals. Here are accounts of incidents this weekend, according to news releases from the sheriff’s office:

About 11:40 p.m. Friday, police stopped a vehicle driven by Arcenia A. Jimenez-Izaguirre, 33, of the 400 block of South Fourth Street in DeKalb. Police said a deputy saw the vehicle driving on the wrong side of Somonauk Road near Chicago Road, about 4 miles south of Hinckley. Jimenez-Izaguirre was charged with DUI and also was arrested on two DeKalb County warrants for failure to appear in court on charges of driving with a suspended license.

At 2:40 a.m. Saturday, a deputy stopped a vehicle driven by an Oswego man after clocking it traveling 90 mph in a 45 mph zone on South County Line Road near Holiday Drive, according to a news release. The driver, Dominic Sisto, 28, of the 400 block of Bower Lane in Oswego, was charged with driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license and driving without insurance.

On Saturday evening, police said an Earlville man lost control of his 2003 BMW M3 while trying to pass another vehicle and crashed. The BMW was traveling north on Route 23 near Suydam Road, northwest of Somonauk, according to a news release. About 8:30 p.m., the driver lost control and the vehicle left the road, hitting a “no passing” sign and ending up in a bean field. A witness called police and said the driver was trying to leave the scene, according to a news release. Victor M. Carrera, 36, of the 1600 block of North 40th Road, Earlville, was taken to Northwestern Medicine Valley West Hospital with minor injuries and later was charged with DUI, improper lane use and driving without insurance.

A Carpentersville man was charged with DUI after a deputy stopped his vehicle for improper lane use at 12:39 a.m. Sunday near the intersection of Hinckley and Keslinger roads, southwest of Maple Park. According to a news release, Brandon T. Johnson, 35, of the 100 block of Woodland Avenue, was also arrested on an Ogle County warrant for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving with a suspended license.

A DeKalb woman faces a DUI charge after a crash early Sunday when she swerved to avoid a deer, police said. According to a news release, Jessica Acevedo, 32, of the 1000 block of South Ninth Street, DeKalb, was driving south on Glidden Road, about 5 miles from the Northern Illinois University campus, when the crash occurred about 4:24 a.m. Police said a gray Jeep Compass SUV left the road, went into a roadside ditch and rolled twice before stopping. Acevedo was taken to Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening and later was charged with driving under the influence and improper lane use, according to the news release.

A dispute at a home in Malta led to a DUI charge against a Malta woman early Monday, according to a news release. Police said they were called to a home in the 200 block of North Third Street in Malta at 1:10 a.m., and found one of the people who lived at the home had left. Later, they found Deborah E. McCoy, 39, at a home in rural Malta and after investigation, she was charged with DUI, police said.

There were other dangerous situations this weekend, too.

A Belvidere couple survived a spill after the motorcycle they were riding crashed on Pearl Street at the intersection with Cherry Valley Road north of Kirkland at 1:45 p.m. Saturday. According to the news release, the driver of the motorcycle lost control on pea gravel in the roadway and skidded before laying down the 2017 Harley-Davidson. The driver suffered minor injuries while the passenger was taken to OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford with injuries that were not life-threatening, according to a news release. No one was cited.

A two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Route 72 and New Lebanon Road east of Genoa at 3:50 p.m. Saturday led to both vehicles being towed from the scene but no serious injuries, with both drivers wearing their seatbelts, according to a news release. Police said a 2012 Mazda driven by Lydia Chasteen-Rogers of DeKalb failed to yield to oncoming traffic on Route 72 and collided in the intersection with a black 2010 Toyota Prius. Chasteen-Rogers was cited for failure to yield, police said.

Police clocked a Sycamore man’s Chevrolet Impala traveling at 124 mph in a 55 mph zone on East County Line Road near Keslinger Road at 8:12 p.m. Saturday. The driver, Joseph M. Sawallisch, 19, of the 1000 block of DeKalb Avenue, Sycamore, was charged with speeding 69 mph over the limit.

A 29-year-old DeKalb woman survived a close encounter with a deer in which her vehicle overturned about 4:30 a.m. Sunday. Police said the woman, who was not cited, was headed north on Peace Road south of Route 38 when she swerved off the road to the east to avoid a deer. Her 2011 Chevy Aveo overturned in the ditch, but the woman was not cited or seriously injured, police said.

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