ST. CHARLES – A Winfield Township man was charged with felony aggravated driving under the influence, according to police reports released under the Freedom of Information Act.
Christopher E. Altman, 38, of the 29W500 block of Winchester Circle, Winfield Township, was charged Feb. 18 with the felony because it was his third driving under the influence charge, reports stated. Altman was also charged with misdemeanor driving under the influence of a combination of alcohol and drugs, disobeying a traffic control device, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, police and court records show.
Altman was released on a personal recognizance bond and is scheduled to appear in court March 17, court records show.
The felony charge has a penalty of three to seven years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000 if convicted.
According to police reports, Altman was driving a black Chevrolet Malibu shortly after midnight on South 14th Street as it merges into a traffic island when police saw the vehicle turn into the wrong lane.
When police pulled Altman over, he admitted to drinking three beers that night and having smoked marijuana, reports stated.
Altman refused a breathalyzer test, and when he was being put into handcuffs, he pushed the officer away, was tackled to the ground, but kept resisting and trying to push himself up, requiring the assistance of another officer, reports stated.