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Crime & Courts

Driver of fiery van charged with DUI in St. Charles

Jose V. Gaytan-Hernandez
Jose V. Gaytan-Hernandez

ST. CHARLES – A West Chicago man faces drunken driving charges after St. Charles police found him standing beside a flaming van early Monday, according to a St. Charles Police Department report.

Jose V. Gaytan-Hernandez, 34, of the 1200 block of Kings Cross, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a blood-alcohol content greater than 0.08 percent, driving with a revoked license and obstructing police for reportedly providing false information.

Police responded to the intersection of West Main and 13th streets at about 3:13 a.m. Monday for a reported car on fire. A "trail of flaming dollops of material" extended from South 13th Street onto West Main Street to a 1998 Dodge Caravan "that was flaming from under the hood just west of that intersection," according to the report.

Gaytan-Hernandez, who stood near the van, reportedly told police nobody was inside and repeatedly denied driving the vehicle. A witness told police Gaytan-Hernandez exited the van, police reported.

Police reported Gaytan-Hernandez smelled of alcohol, slurred his words, had glassy eyes and had difficulty providing identifying information, including his birthdate and phone number.

His blood-alcohol content was 0.204 percent, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent, according to the report.

Police found identification on Gaytan-Hernandez's person and learned he was wanted on a Kane County warrant, police reported.

He was taken to the Kane County Sheriff's Department after posting $300 for the St. Charles charges, according to the report.

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