Oswego teen gets prison for hitting cop
By Dan Campana For Sun-Times Media September 13, 2013 9:00AM
Updated: October 16, 2013 6:36AM
A judge recently sentenced Kendall Collier of Oswego to four years in prison for a drunken hit-and-run crash in which he struck a Montgomery police officer investigating a shooting, according to court records.
Collier, who turns 20 in November, pleaded guilty to aggravated drunken driving in connection to the Sept. 29, 2012, incident on Oakton Road in Montgomery. Collier received credit for 333 days spent in Kane County Jail. He will be required to serve at least 85 percent of the prison term.
Collier had a blood-alcohol content level of .117 five hours after the crash, court documents show. The legal limit is .08 in Illinois. He also had marijuana and anxiety medication in his system following the crash, records show.
Prosecutors said Collier, of Oswego, got drunk at a party in Montgomery and fled when gunshots were fired. As he drove off in a 1998 Chevy Malibu, Collier struck Montgomery Police Sgt. Adam Kuncl from behind as he walked the road looking for evidence tied to the shooting. The impact caused Kuncl to flip onto the Malibu’s hood and windshield, court records state. In an affidavit for a search warrant to obtain the Malibu’s data recording equipment, investigators noted Kuncl’s “hat was still in the windshield” after the impact. Collier did not immediately stop, but was eventually arrested, although he was belligerent toward officers and threatened to kill them, court records show.
Kuncl, who joined the department in 2000, suffered fractures to his skull and shoulder blade, and multiple other injuries. Prosecutors said he continues to recover and might not be able to return to duty.