ST. CHARLES – A motorist who attracted attention for driving with flat and shredded tires in St. Charles faces multiple criminal charges, including felonies on accusations of having fake IDs, according to a St. Charles police report.
Police responded to the area of Kirk Road and East Main Street at about 10:10 p.m. Friday after multiple callers reported seeing a pickup truck driving with flat tires and smoke coming from the vehicle, police said.
Police reportedly found the Chevrolet pickup parked in the 1600 block of East Main Street by following tire marks on the pavement.
The vehicle had heavy damage to the rear, police said, noting one rear tire was flat, and the other was "completely shredded down to the rim of the wheel."
Police found the driver – Armando Sanchez – in a nearby hotel parking lot, police reported. Police said Sanchez was "highly intoxicated," had trouble standing and had to be handcuffed because he wouldn't follow instructions.
Sanchez initially denied driving but later said he traveled to St. Charles from West Chicago, police said. When asked about the damage to his vehicle, he reportedly said he hit a curb, but police said that didn't align with the amount of damage.
"I hit a couple of curbs," police reported Sanchez as saying.
Vehicle parts reportedly were found in the intersection of Routes 64 and 59 in West Chicago, but police said it was unclear what was hit. A police officer driving into St. Charles on Route 64 also reported seeing parts belonging to the truck in the road.
Sanchez, 54, of the 100 block of South 17th Street, St. Charles, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving without a license, driving without insurance and driving unsafe equipment.
Additionally, Police reportedly found two fake IDs – a driver's license and state ID – in his possession. Sanchez was charged with two counts of possessing fraudulent ID cards – a Class 4 felony.
He is expected in court July 9.