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Tri-Cities DUI Arrests, Jan. 20

Here's this week's roundup of local drunken driving arrests.

GENEVA

Jan. 6: Geneva police arrested Michael Knuth, 35, of Aurora on multiple charges around 2:06 a.m. after a traffic stop on Batavia Avenue, reports said. According to the booking card, Knuth was arrested on charges of driving under the influence, two counts of unsafe lane changes, speeding, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of less than 2.5 grams of marijuana. Knuth has a court date of March 6 at the Kane County Judicial Center, 37W777 Route 38, St. Charles.

ST. CHARLES

Jan. 14:

  • Christian R. Hernandez, 22, of the 1600 block of Indiana Street, was charged at 3:43 a.m. at 14 N. 12th St., with driving under the influence of alcohol, aggravated DUI-no insurance, aggravated DUI-no driver’s license, no insurance, failure to use a seat belt and improper lane use. Further information was not available.
  • Samuel William Jensen, 24, of the 500 block of Union Street, was charged at 1:28 a.m. on the 1300 block of East Main Street with DUI, illegal transportation of alcohol and driving too fast for conditions. Police said Jensen’s vehicle was westbound at a high rate of speed when it struck the rear of a vehicle driven by Nicholas W. Wirsching, 27, of West Chicago. Neither man was injured. Jensen posted his driver’s license and $300 bond and was released pending a Feb. 21, 2013 court appearance.
  • Andrew George Zero, 24, of the 4N900 block of Route 25, was charged at 1:16 a.m. on the 1300 block of East Main Street with DUI, and driving with an obstructed windshield. Police said Zero ignored an officer directing traffic at an accident scene at 12:51 a.m., nearing striking the officer and the squad car, but then stopped abruptly when it came upon a fire truck and ambulance at the scene of the crash. The officer said Zero’s windshield was frosted over. He posted his driver’s license and $300 bond and was released pending a Feb. 14, 2013 court appearance.

Jan. 12: Michael Allen Bosch, 60, of the 4N500 block of Babson Lane, was charged at 12:17 a.m. on the 1300 block of East Main Street with DUI, and failure to yield or stop at an intersection. Police responded to an accident at 13th Avenue and East Main Street. The other driver, Zane Connor Okonek, 21, of St. Charles, was treated by paramedics for a laceration. Bosch posted his driver’s license and $100 bond and was released pending a Feb. 21, 2013 court appearance.

Jan. 11: Fernando Lopez Jr., 20, of the 29W500 block of County Ridge Drive, Warrenville, was charged at 8:25 p.m. at East Main Street and North Kirk Road with driving under the influence of an intoxicating substance after police found his vehicle stopped facing east, and Lopez inside where he appeared to be having a seizure.

Lopez was transported to Delnor Hospital in Geneva. Police said Lopez had visible “track marks” typical of intravenous drug use on both arms. Police also said they found an empty hypodermic syringe bag and syringe caps also inside the vehicle. Lopez was diagnosed with opiate overdose, police said, and was released from the hospital. He posted his driver’s license and $100 bond and was released pending a Feb. 14, 2013 court appearance.

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