ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – A St. Charles man was charged with driving under the influence Jan. 23 after a Kane County deputy watched him doing “doughnuts” in the parking lot at the Kane County Sheriff’s Office, then crash into a snowbank near the flag poles and stop sign area by the entrance of the sheriff’s office, according to Kane County Sheriff’s reports.
Carlos J. Romero-Alfaro, 28, of the 600 block of 11th Avenue, St. Charles, was also charged with felony resisting arrest by refusing to get out of his car, requiring two deputies and a state trooper to remove him from the car and carry him to a squad car, reports stated.
Romero-Alfaro was also charged with misdemeanor resisting a police officer, illegal transportation of alcohol, reckless driving and property damage.
At 11 p.m. that night, a deputy saw Romero-Alfaro’s car doing “doughnuts” – that is driving in circles in the snow – before he crashed into the snowbank and stop sign, reports stated.
When deputies approached Romero-Alfaro’s vehicle, a 2009 gray Subaru Legacy, they saw him holding a Milwaukee’s Best Ice beer can between his legs and an empty can he threw out the window, the report stated.
“I asked Carlos what he was doing and he appeared stupefied,” the report stated. “Carlos was slurring his speech and kept asking for a lighter to light his cigarette, even though I observed him holding a lighter in his right hand. Carlos could not answer why he was doing ‘doughnuts’ in the parking lot of the sheriff’s office and would consistently repeat, just say, ‘What?’”
Romero-Alfaro refused when he was asked to step out of his vehicle, and then he refused when police ordered him to step out, even after being told he was under arrest, the report stated.
As the two deputies were struggling with Romero-Alfaro, one called to a state trooper who was bringing an arrestee to the jail for additional assistance, the report stated.
Romero-Alfaro resisted by locking his legs into the steering area, prompting a deputy to go around to the passenger side. The deputy managed to get Romero-Alfaro’s shoulder out of the vehicle while the other deputy and the state trooper put him on his stomach so he could be cuffed, the report stated.
A third deputy arrived and helped put Romero-Alfaro into a squad car – but since he could not walk consistently, he had to be carried for several steps, the reports stated.
One of the deputies had scratches on his knees and soreness to his knees, the report stated.
Once at the jail, Romero-Alfaro was placed in a restraint chair, and when the deputy read him his warning to motorist, Romero-Alfaro began to spit, requiring a spit hood to be placed on him, reports stated.
Romero-Alfaro was charged with a Class 4 felony, punishable by one to three years in prison and fines of up to $25,000.
Court records show that during bond call, Kane County Associate Judge Robert Kliment ordered Romero-Alfaro not to partake of alcohol or drugs while out on bail.
Romero-Alfaro was to appear in court Jan. 30, but since the county courts are closed on that day and Jan. 31 due to extreme cold, his court appearance will be rescheduled.