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St. Charles man accused of DUI, eluding police

Published: Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – A St. Charles man faces felony and misdemeanor charges after fleeing from county authorities who clocked him going 66 mph on Route 25 Monday night with his headlights off, according to a Kane County Sheriff’s Office report.

Ronald W. Weddell, 57, of the 900 block of South Eighth Street, was charged with felony aggravated fleeing and eluding police and four misdemeanor offenses: driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a blood-alcohol level of more than 0.08 percent, speeding and driving without lights when required.

A sheriff’s deputy reported that about 9:30 p.m. he heard a loud screech and saw a tan Chevrolet traveling at a “very high rate of speed” toward his squad car on Seminary Road at Route 25 in St. Charles Township.

The vehicle – which didn’t have its lights on – was skidding and appeared it would collide with the squad car, the deputy reported. The deputy reportedly let off the brake and rolled forward.

After the Chevrolet “skidded through the intersection” behind the squad car, it entered a ditch along Seminary Road but quickly swerved back onto the road, the deputy reported.

The deputy said Weddell continued through the subdivision at a high rate of speed and repeatedly failed to use turn signals while attempting to elude a sergeant who had arrived on the scene with its emergency lights on.

The sergeant had reportedly clocked Weddell going 66 mph in a 45 mph zone on Route 25 just north of Carl Lee Road.

Weddell, who pulled into a parking area at Illinois Street and Fox River Avenue, told authorities he didn’t know why he fled from the sergeant, the deputy reported.

Weddell reportedly failed field sobriety tests and had a blood-alcohol content greater than the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

His car was towed from the scene, the deputy reported, noting a 24-hour hold was placed on the vehicle because of a previous DUI arrest.

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