Elburn Man Cited With DUI After Nearly Running Over St. Charles Cops, Civilians
Two St. Charles police officers checking into a report of a couple arguing on the street shove a couple of civilians out of the way and then leap for safety from a speeding vehicle.
Two police officers checking into a report of a possible domestic disturbance in a driveway in the 1600 block of Riverside Drive found themselves dodging a speeding sport utility vehicle and pushing some civilians out of harm’s way as mailboxes and a speed limit sign were knocked down by the passing Jeep.
According to police, the Jeep also narrowly missed the officers’ two parked squad cars, whose emergency lights were flashing. Police said the vehicle was swerving from curb to curb as it continued to speed away.
Roger Eugine Loeb, 47, of the 1S000 block of Thorndon Ridge Drive, Elburn, was charged at 9:20 p.m. Saturday, March 16, 2013, at East State and North Bennett streets with driving under the influence of alcohol, DUI with a blood-alcohol concentration greater than .08, hit and run to some mailboxes, speeding, improper lane use and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.
Police said the two officers had stopped to talk with a couple who had been arguing while walking down Riverside Drive about 9:17 p.m. Minutes later, the Jeep drove past.
After checking to make sure his fellow officer and the civilians were OK, one officer began pursuit, and noted the vehicle was swerving from curb to curb and traveling at speeds of 60 to 70 mph in a 35 mph zone and entered Geneva. Police said the vehicle came to a stop behind other vehicles at a red ligt at Route 38, but the driver, later identified as Loeb, did not appear to notice the emergency lights, siren or air horn, and began to move forward again when the traffic light turned green.
Loeb then pulled over. Police said that when he exited the vehicle, he could barely stand and did not understand what he had done wrong. Geneva police arrived to assist, as did a second St. Charles officer.
Police said his blood-alcohol content registered .243, more than three times the legal limit.
Loeb posted his driver’s license and a $300 cash bond and was released pending an April 17, 2013 court appearance.
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