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St. Charles woman charged with felony DUI struck utility pole

Alyssa Grindle was charged with felony driving under the influence.
Alyssa Grindle was charged with felony driving under the influence.

ST. CHARLES – A St. Charles woman charged with felony aggravated driving under the influence, knocked over a utility pole and had a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit, according to to police reports released under the Freedom of Information Act.

Alyssa G. Grindle, 23, of the 1100 block of North Third Avenue, was also charged Dec. 1 with driving under the influence, driving with a blood-alcohol level greater than 0.08 percent, improper lane use, driving without insurance and driving while using a cellphone, all misdemeanors, police reports stated.

The aggravated driving under the influence charge stemmed from Grindle not having insurance, the report stated.

Grindle’s blood-alcohol level measured 0.302 percent, the report stated. A blood-alcohol level of 0.08 percent is considered drunk under Illinois state law.

Police were called to the 1800 block of South Seventh Avenue at 12:39 a.m. for a vehicle accident with injuries, the report stated.

Upon arrival, officers saw a blue Mitsubishi Lancer stopped facing south in the northbound lane of traffic, a downed utility pole severed at its base; but held up by electrical wires, and live electrical wires on the ground, the report stated.

Grindle was standing directly east of the damaged vehicle on her cellphone, and she admitted to looking at her phone prior to the crash, the report stated.

Grindle gave police a Florida driver's license, but said she did not have insurance for the vehicle, the report stated.

Grindle told police she had consumed “not that much” alcohol at St. Charles bars, but was not specific about where she had been drinking, the report stated.

“Alyssa’s speech was extremely slurred,” the police report stated. “I detected a strong odor of an alcoholic type beverage about Alyssa’s breath.”

Grindle was released after posting $300 bond or 10 percent of the $3,000 bail that was set, records show. She is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 16, records show.

The felony charge has a penalty of one to three years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.

 

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