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Police: Drunk driver hit car, sent it into trees in St. Charles

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – A Geneva man has been charged with drunken driving after rear-ending another vehicle, sending it into a row of trees, according to a St. Charles Police Department report.

Michael B. Semmens, 21, of the 500 block of Bradbury Lane, also was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and leaving the scene of an accident.

The other motorist – a 53-year-old rural St. Charles resident – told police that he was driving east on West Main Street near Corporate Reserve Boulevard at about 4:20 a.m. Sunday when he saw a car rapidly approaching from behind.

He estimated the vehicle was going 100 mph in the 45 mph zone “as it came upon him so quickly that he didn’t have time to react,” police reported.

The vehicle reportedly hit the man’s 2012 Hyundai Sonata with such force that it shoved the car off the road and into a row of trees on the 3000 block of Renard Lane.

The car driven by Semmens – a blue 2006 Honda Civic – was found, parked and unoccupied, with heavy front-end damage about a half-mile east on the 2900 block of West Main Street, police reported.

Geneva police reportedly located Semmens in Geneva with his parents and brought him to the St. Charles Police Department. Semmens refused field sobriety tests and a breath test, police reported, adding he smelled of alcohol and his eyes were glassy and red.

The report indicated he was released on a personal recognizance bond and is expected at the Kane County Judicial Center on Jan. 8.

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