A 28-year-old Romeoville man was critically injured and now faces DUI charges after his 2019 Kia left the roadway and crashed into a stoplight, a city electrical box and a business building early today (Wednesday, July 17, 2019) on Main Street in St. Charles.
According to a St. Charles Police Department news release, police and firefighters responded at around 1:04 a.m. to the 400 block of East Main Street to a report that a vehicle had left the roadway and crashed into a business building.
Police said the 2019 Kia driven by Juan M. Arreola, 28, of Romeoville was traveling west in the 500 block of East Main Street when the vehicle crossed over the eastbound lanes and left the roadway.
The Kia then hit the traffic light located on the southeast corner of East Main Street (IL Route 64) and South 5th Ave. (IL Route 25), police said.
The vehicle continued west through the intersection and struck a city of St. Charles electric box on the southwest corner of East Main Street and South 5th Avenue, then came to rest against the business building. Police said the building did not sustain structural damage.
The driver had to be extricated from the car, after which he was transported to Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital.
“At this time his condition is critical, but stable,” St. Charles police Cmdr. Commander Chuck Pierce said in the news release.
Arreola was charged with DUI alcohol, improper lane usage, illegal transportation of alcohol, and failure to wear a seat belt. He was released from custody and remained at the hospital at the time of the news release.
The crash caused a short interruption in the power for that area due to the electric box being hit. The St. Charles Electric Department responded and restored the power to the area.
The charges against Arreola are not proof of guilt. He is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
SOURCE: St. Charles Police Department news release