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Six DUI arrests in St. Charles

Updated: August 15, 2013 6:21AM

Six people were charged with drunken driving over a two-week traffic safety campaign conducted in St. Charles recently.

The campaign, funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation, resulted in six drunken driving arrests, two felony arrests, four uninsured motorist citations, seven speeding citations, and a series of various other violations.

The initiative was part of a statewide program to reduce the number of traffic fatalities.


Guadalupe Pichardo, 31, of the 0-99 block of North Root Street, Aurora, was charged with failure to report an accident, failure to give aid, and driving on a suspended license after striking pedestrian Shelli L. Young, 37, in a crosswalk at 2:05 p.m. Thursday at Galena Boulevard and Fourth Street, police said.

According to police, Pichardo said she stopped and asked Young if she was OK, and Young got up and started walking. Two men then yelled at her to lie down on the ground, then ran at her, so she drove off. Young was struck in the leg and taken to an area hospital, police said.

Wenceslao J. Garcia, 35, 1500 block of Brighton Circle, Aurora, was charged with drunken driving early Thursday morning after he was seen driving erratically throughout the city, police said. Police said they spotted Garcia near Sullivan Road and Lake Street, and witnessed him speeding, driving in the wrong lane of traffic and swerving. They followed him toward Sullivan Road and Edgelawn Drive, where Garcia left the road, and began driving through a field with his lights off. He told police he was trying to escape them. Police also charged Garcia with disregarding a stop sign, traffic control violation, improper lane usage, and driving off the roadway.

A laptop, valued at $1,800, was reported stolen sometime between June 10 and June 22 from the server room of a company in the 1700 block of North Edgelawn Drive, police said.

Ruben E. Berrios, 65, of the 1000 block of Wellman Avenue, Montgomery, was charged with aggravated drunken driving, driving on a revoked license, failure to signal and no insurance at 3:28 p.m. Thursday in the 900 block of Aurora Avenue, police said.

Copper piping, valued at $4,000, was reported stolen sometime since April 26 from a vacant home in the 900 block of Wellington Circle, police said.

Stephanie L. Duesing, of the 1300 block of Bortland Drive, Naperville, and four passengers in her vehicle were taken to an area hospital after a three-car crash at 3:20 p.m. Thursday at Indian Trail and Church Road, police said. Kalaiselvi Vanamoorthy, of Bolingbrook, was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash, police said.

Someone dented and scratched a vehicle, causing $1,700 in damage, sometime between 8 p.m. Tuesday and 6 a.m. Wednesday while it was parked in the 600 block of Iroquois Drive, police said.

Victor Ramirez, 36, 1200 block of Trask Road, Aurora, was charged with drunken driving, no insurance, failure to signal and improper lane usage at 11 p.m.

Nicole Hendrix, 42, of Brookfield, was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday in the 0-99 block of New York Street, police said.

Christopher Glover, 18, 0-99 block of Afton Drive, Montgomery, and Tyler Vervynck, 18, 2100 block of Walcott Road, Aurora, were both charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia at 2:10 a.m. Tuesday in the 2200 block of South Eola Road, police said.

Kyle Wodrich, 23, 1100 block of Brunswick Lane, Aurora, was charged with felony manufacturing/delivering marijuana at 7:54 p.m. Tuesday at his home, police said.

Robert Flaggs, 21, 900 block of Oakland Lane, Aurora, was charged with drunken driving, no license, no insurance, illegal transportation of alcohol, criminal trespass to land and aggravated assault at 9:05 p.m. Tuesday in the 400 block of Sherman Avenue, police said.

Cordez Mullen, 40, 600 block of South River Street, Aurora, was charged with felony robbery at 6:10 p.m. Tuesday in the 600 block of South River Street, police said. Police said Mullen stole a bottle of vodka from a female victim, and pushed her to the ground.

Denzel Thompson, 100 block of North Ohio Street, was injured at 12:05 p.m. Friday after he was struck by a car on Austin Avenue, police said. Maria Ojeda, 1100 block of Austin, was backing out of her driveway when she struck Thompson, police said. She was issued a citation for failure to yield on a private drive, police said.

Maribel Mendoza, 700 block of East Galena Boulevard, was injured at 4:37 p.m. Tuesday near East Galena Boulevard and State Street after her parked car was struck from behind. Police said Mendoza was outside the vehicle, putting her daughter in her car seat, when a vehicle driven by Karen Prombo, of Morris, struck the car. Prombo was issued a citation for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

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