ST. CHARLES – A new judge will be assigned to the case of former St. Charles economic development director Chris Aiston, who was charged by the Geneva Police Department for driving under the influence of alcohol after a crash that took place Jan. 22.
During a hearing Friday, Kane County Judge Robert Morrow recused himself from the case.
“I know Mr. Aiston, and I don’t feel comfortable delivering any decisions [on the case],” Morrow said. “I have to recuse myself.”
After the hearing, Aiston’s attorney, Kenneth Johnson, said that Aiston and Morrow “have been at different social functions together.”
Johnson said he believes Aiston will be cleared of the charges.
“There could be a medical issue involved,” Johnson said. “I’m confident that when this is all said and done, he’ll be found not guilty.”
A status hearing on the case is set for March 19.
Aiston left his St. Charles post in July 2013 after having been in that role since 2009.The Batavia City Council in August voted to hire Aiston as an independent contractor for economic development services. He is being paid an annual retainer of $88,000.
His arrest occurred at 11:21 p.m. Jan. 22 in the 1500 block of East State Street. He also was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and driving too fast for conditions.
According to the accident report, Aiston was driving west in the curb lane in the 1500 block of East State Street, approaching Kirk Road, when he attempted to stop but slid on the slush on the road and rear-ended another car, causing that car to rear end a third car.
This is Aiston’s third DUI arrest. He was convicted of DUI for a 1986 offense in DuPage County and in 2000 for an offense in DeKalb County, according to Illinois Secretary of State spokesman Dave Druker. His driver’s license was later reinstated in both cases.
Aiston’s license has been suspended until March 9, 2015, because he refused to take a Breathalyzer test after the Jan. 22 incident.
“That’s an automatic one-year suspension,” Druker said.