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Aiston now charged with aggravated DUI

Charges upgraded from January crash in Geneva

Former St. Charles economic development director Chris Aiston, who was charged by the Geneva Police Department with driving under the influence of alcohol after a crash that took place Jan. 22, now faces felony charges of aggravated DUI.

Aiston, 55, of the 700 block of James Street, Geneva, was charged Monday with aggravated DUI. This is his third DUI arrest. Aiston’s attorney, Kenneth Johnson, could not be reached for comment Wednesday. Johnson previously had said he believes Aiston will be cleared of the charges.

“There could be a medical issue involved,” Johnson had said. “I’m confident that when this is all said and done, he’ll be found not guilty.”

Aiston's next court hearing is set for July 17.

Aiston left his St. Charles post in July 2013 after having been in that role since 2009. The Batavia City Council in August 2013 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.

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 later was 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 had said.

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