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St. Charles man charged with felony DUI

GENEVA – A St. Charles man with a history of driving offenses was charged Thursday, July 11, with felony aggravated driving under the influence, even while he was awaiting trial for an earlier DUI charge, court records show.

Joseph J. Giustino, 38, of the 700 block of North 17th Street, St. Charles, also was charged with driving under the influence and improper lane use. Earlier the same day, he was charged by St. Charles police with failure to give information after striking an unattended vehicle. He reportedly hit a 2005 Chevrolet in the 500 block of South 13th Street in St. Charles.

After Giustino allegedly hit the parked car in St. Charles, he continued driving to Geneva, where at 12:32 a.m., police observed him driving a 2012 Jeep Wrangler south in the 0-99 block of North First Street. 

According to police reports, Giustino drifted across multiple lanes of traffic, had his left turn signal on for several blocks and ended up parking across two southbound lanes of traffic.

Because Giustino refused the Breathalyzer, his drivers license was summarily suspended, records show. His bail was set at $10,000, and he was released after posting $1,000. He is scheduled to appear in court in August.

The aggravated driving under the influence charge carries a penalty of three to seven years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000. The misdemeanor charges from Geneva and St. Charles each carry a penalty of up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.

The trial pending in September for Giustino stems from a March 1, 2012, incident in St. Charles in which he was charged with driving under the influence, driving with a blood-alcohol content of more than 0.08 percent, improper lane use and driving without headlights when required, court records show.

In addition, Giustino was charged with driving under the influence in DuPage County on Sept. 24, 2011, for which he received court supervision, court records show.

Because the Geneva charge is his third DUI, as of Aug. 26, Giustino's license will be suspended for three years, until Aug. 26, 2016, an Illinois Secretary of State spokesman said.

Court records show Giustino was charged by Sugar Grove police Jan. 4 with driving too fast for conditions and leaving the scene of a property damage accident. He pleaded guilty and paid a $250 fine, according to court records.

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