CAMPTON HILLS – A Campton Hills man faces a charge of misdemeanor drunken driving after crashing a $65,000 dealership-owned vehicle in the village, according to a Campton Hills police report.
Police responded to Hidden Oaks Road north of Route 64 at about 9:40 p.m. June 14 to find a Mercedes with dealer plates in a ditch east of the intersection with Old Burlington Road, police reported.
Although the vehicle – a 2014 ML350 – was in the ditch, police said tire tracks indicated it had traveled up the adjacent steep, grassy hill before coming to rest.
Police described the SUV as having "extensive damage" and noted debris – mostly various car parts – littered the area.
Additionally, police reported, a stop sign on Old Burlington Road was "completely gone." The post had been sheared off at the roadway base, and responding officers could not find the sign or the post, police said.
The driver – identified as Michael G. Goduco, 25, of the 39W100 block of Longmeadow Lane, Campton Hills – reportedly was taken to Delnor Hospital in Geneva for treatment. Goduco reportedly told police he had been drinking and took the vehicle without his father's permission.
Craig Falkenthal, general manager of Mercedes-Benz of St. Charles, said the vehicle was a courtesy car the dealership gives its customers when their car is in for service. Falkenthal described the accident as "very unfortunate" but said it speaks to the safety aspects of the car.
"If he was in any other type of car, he might not have lived through it," he said.
All of its airbags deployed, Falkenthal said, describing the car as "completely totaled." He said it was valued at approximately $65,000.
In addition to the drunken driving charge, Kane County court records indicate Goduco was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and disregarding a traffic-control device.
He is expected in court July 3.