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Acquitted of rape, suspect now charged with DUI, speeding 101 miles an hour

Published: Thursday, June 19, 2014 5:14 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, June 20, 2014 8:05 a.m. CDT
Michael T. Gholson

MAPLE PARK – Days before he was to go on trial on charges of criminal sexual assault, a DeKalb man was charged with driving under the influence and riding his motorcycle 101 miles an hour, according to Kane County Sheriff's Office records.

Michael T. Gholson, 37, of the 3800 block of South Pointe Drive, DeKalb, was charged June 13 with driving under the influence, driving with a blood-alcohol content of more than .08 percent and speeding more than 40 miles an hour over the 55-mile an hour limit, sheriff's records show.

Gholson was acquitted the following Tuesday, June 17, after a two-day trial in DeKalb County. Gholson was accused of raping his friend's wife at their Somonauk home Dec. 15, 2010.

Gholson was traveling west on Route 38 at Howard Road in Virgil Township near Maple Park about 4:30 p.m. when a deputy used radar to record his speed at 101 miles an hour. Once he passed the officer, his speed went down to 88 miles an hour, according to reports.

When the deputy pulled Gholson over, he told the officer he'd had two and a half beers. His blood-alcohol was measured at 0.202, records show.

Gholson posted $100 cash and his driver's license as bail and is scheduled to appear in Kane County branch court July 16.

According to the Illinois Secretary of State, Gholson has a clean driving record with no moving violations.

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