ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – A Malta man, who was charged with driving under the influence, struck a ComEd utility pole and – according to witnesses – urinated on the pole after the crash, according to Kane County Sheriff’s reports.
Jose E. Garcia, 35, of the 500 block of East Kelsey Street, Malta, was charged Aug. 7 with driving under the influence, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and causing a property damage accident, according to reports.
Deputies were called to Green Road and Main Street Road in Blackberry Township about 6:30 p.m. in response to a crash report and a driver who was intoxicated and disoriented, the report stated.
Garcia’s 2019 Jeep Cherokee had struck a ComEd pole, causing all the air bags to deploy, the report stated.
Garcia told deputies he was traveling west on Main Street Road and attempted a left turn to go south on Green Road when a deer ran across the road, reports stated.
Deputies noted that Garcia had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath, he was slurring his speech and his eyes were bloodshot and glassy, reports stated.
Garcia told deputies he had three Bud Light beers and two shots of Bullet over a six-hour period at the Moon Bar in Batavia, reports stated.
“Garcia stated that he felt fine to be driving and blamed the deer as the reason for the accident … and he did not want to hit the deer,” according to the report.
Garcia refused to participate in a field sobriety test or submit to a chemical breath test, reports stated.
Garcia is to appear in court Sept. 3.