VIRGIL TOWNSHIP – A man was charged with driving under the influence after being followed by a concerned citizen who called police and tracked him until deputies arrived, Kane County Sheriff’s reports stated.
Bradley R. Martin, 25, of the 1700 block of North 44th Road, Leland, was also charged Sept. 8 with driving with a blood alcohol content greater than 0.08%, improper lane use and carrying a concealed firearm while intoxicated.
When Martin was placed under arrest, he told deputies that he had a loaded firearm in the truck, reports stated.
According to reports, another motorist called police at 11:15 p.m. Sept. 7 after he became concerned watching a 2015 White GMC Sierra pickup truck weaving in and out of traffic in the area of Route 64 and Peck Road in St. Charles.
Using a hand-free device, the motorist followed the white GMC from Elgin and told police he had witnessed it traveling all over the roadway, cutting across traffic sharply and almost drove into a ditch on several occasions.
Deputies caught up to the white GMC going west at Beith and Freeland roads in Virgil Township near Maple Park and began to follow it, also observing as it weaved back and forth in its lane, reports stated.
The truck swerved completely out of its lane and to go almost entirely in the eastbound lane while going through a curve, reports stated.
Fearing for the safety of other drivers, deputies pulled the truck over, reports stated.
Martin admitted to drinking two or three White Claw drinks and that he was driving three others home after a concert in Dundee because they were too intoxicated to drive, reports stated.
“One of the passengers in the back of the vehicle then shouted out, ‘Ain’t no laws when you’re drinking Claws,’” the report stated.
Martin’s blood alcohol content was measured at .167% at the scene, reports stated, which is more than double the 0.08% considered to be legally drunk in Illinois.
A later breath test showed a blood alcohol content of .153%, the report stated.
All passengers in the vehicle appeared to be intoxicated and were picked up for a ride home before deputies left the scene, the report stated.