ST. CHARLES – A motorist who sideswiped a telephone pole and crashed to a stop against a light post in downtown St. Charles early Friday has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, according to St. Charles police reports.
Corey Robert Murtaugh, 25, of the 500 block of Woodward Avenue, Geneva, was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, improper lane use and a seat belt violation.
At about 1 a.m. Friday, Murtaugh's Audi left the road in the 400 block of South Second Street where there is a slight curve and sideswiped a telephone pole, according to police.
Continuing south out of control, the vehicle reportedly hit a retaining wall and rubbed against it for some distance before veering back to the left.
The car came to a stop after hitting a light post, police reported. Police noted the Audi had severe damage, and its front passenger tire was lying in the middle of the 100 block of Prairie Street.
Witnesses told police Murtaugh ran from the scene through the backyards along the 400 block of South Second Street, police reported.
Police found Murtaugh, who was reportedly taken to Delnor Hospital in Geneva for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
During a search of his car, police found a marijuana pipe and a prescription bottle containing marijuana, police reported. Police noted the driver's seat belt was in the locked position, indicating it had been that way at the time of the crash.
Murtaugh was released after posting bond on the DUI charge, police reported. He is expected in court at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 19.