ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP– A St. Charles Township man was charged with four counts of felony driving under the influence in connection with a motorcycle crash that severely injured his passenger, Kane County Sheriff and court records show.
Michael S. Wright, 30, of the 35W500 block of Fox River Drive, St. Charles Township, was charged March 16 with two counts of felony aggravated drunken driving that caused great bodily harm and two counts of felony aggravated drunken driving without insurance, court records show.
The charges are Class 4 felonies, punishable by one to three years in prison and fines of up to $25,000 on each count if convicted.
Wright was also charged with driving under the influence, driving with a blood alcohol content greater than 0.08 percent, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and violating the classification of his license for riding a motorcycle.
Police were called to Hillcrest and Forest Avenues, a T-intersection, shortly after midnight on March 13 in response to an emergency call for a woman with a leg injury, reports stated.
Deputies saw a motorcycle 40 feet from the roadway, east of the T-intersection, with a woman entangled in brush and pinned under it, reports stated.
When the deputy pulled the motorcycle off her, he saw that the exhaust pipe made contact with her left side, melting her jacket and pants, reports stated.
Fox River and Countryside Fire/Rescue District paramedics took the woman to Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva, reports stated.
According to the charging documents, the passenger of the 2016 Triumph motorcycle suffered a broken neck, broken scapula, dislocated hip and a concussion.
Wright told deputies he was operating his motorcycle with the woman as a passenger, “just going around the block for a quick ride.”
As he traveled east on Hillcrest Avenue approaching Forest Avenue, Wright said he did not know the road ended. And as he was going about 40 miles an hour, he could not stop when he tried to and crashed into the trees, reports stated.
Wright told deputies he believed he had lost consciousness briefly, reports stated.
When he realized his passenger was hurt, he called 911, reports stated
Wright admitted to drinking two beers prior to going out on the motorcycle, reports stated, but his blood alcohol content was measured at 0.140 percent reports stated.
Wright's blood alcohol content was nearly double the 0.08 percent, which is considered legally drunk, according to Illinois law.
Wright posted $2,500 bail or 10 percent of the $25,000 bond that was set.
As a condition of his bond, Wright is not to take drugs or drink alcohol, and he has to wear a SCRAM device which measures alcohol in the body, records show.
Wright’s passenger has filed court papers March 20 seeking to assert victim’s rights.
Wright’s next court appearance is scheduled for April 25.