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Prosecutor drops charges against Will County Board member Steve Wilhelmi’s son

Alex S. Wilhelmi

Alex S. Wilhelmi

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Updated: January 1, 2013 6:23AM



The son of a Will County Board member is off the hook in criminal court, as a special prosecutor dropped the charge against him Thursday morning.

Alex Wilhelmi, 21, of Joliet, son of county board member Steve Wilhelmi and nephew of former state Sen. A.J. Wilhelmi, was facing a charge of battery in connection with a road rage brawl in July.

About 10:30 p.m. July 1, Wilhelmi and Daniel Duffy, 23, of Joliet, were passengers in a car driven by Manuel Borrego, 24, of Joliet.

Police said Borrego cut off a Saturn sport utility vehicle near Marion Street and Raynor Avenue. Then a passenger in Borrego’s car threw a 44-ounce soda cup into the SUV, spilling it on the three people inside, police said, and Borrego followed the SUV to the 800 block of Dellmar Avenue.

Borrego again cut off the SUV, which rear-ended his car, and the SUV driver tried to speed away but didn’t realize that a 19-year-old passenger had hopped out, police said.

Wilhelmi began whipping the 19-year-old with a belt, police said, while Borrego and Duffy punched and kicked him.

Residents saw the fight and called police, with one man reportedly wielding a baseball bat to fend off Wilhelmi, Borrego and Duffy while another neighbor pulled a car behind Borrego’s Grand Am to keep it from driving away, police said.

Wilhelmi faced one misdemeanor battery charge; Borrego and Duffy each face two counts. Borrego also received tickets for reckless driving, driving without insurance and running stop signs.

Special Prosecutor Dave Neal said the case against Borrego and Duffy was “most provable” because a police officer saw them committing the crime.

Borrego’s and Duffy’s cases were postponed for a possible future plea bargain, Neal said.



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