ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – An Elgin man was charged with four felony counts of aggravated driving under the influence which included a crash that caused a broken nose and neck sprain to a 27-year-old St. Charles Township woman, according to police reports and court records.
Lou Southivongnorrath, 52, of the 900 block of Houston Avenue, Elgin, was charged on Jan. 15 with aggravated DUI - third violation; driving under the influence with a suspended license; aggravated DUI causing great bodily harm in connection with a crash; and driving under the influence with a suspended license - second offense.
He was also arrested on a warrant for his arrest for failure to appear in court on a 2019 DUI charge from Elgin police.
The most serious is the third violation of driving drunk, a Class 2 felony, punishable by four to seven years in prison and fines up to $25,000 if convicted.
The other three are Class 4 felonies, punishable by one to three years in prison and fines up to $25,000 if convicted.
Southivongnorrath was also charged with driving under the influence, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, unlawful transportation of alcoholic liquor, driving without insurance, improper lane use and causing a personal injury accident.
According to Kane County Sheriff’s Reports, deputies were called to an accident with injuries about 6:30 p.m. When they arrived, paramedics were treating the driver of a silver 2015 GMC Terrain utility who appeared to have blood coming from her nose.
Paramedics took her by ambulance to Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva, the report stated.
Deputies also observed a
blue 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe crashed against a tree, the report stated.
Southivongnorrath told deputies that he had four to six beers – then told them he had six beers – and later said he had six to eight beers, and that he was a “lightweight” with regard to alcohol, reports stated.
Southivongnorrath refused to take a breath test, the report stated.
Police found several open cans of Busch Light beer in Southivongnorrath’s vehicle.
According to the witness who called 911, he was driving north on Route 25 when he saw Southivongnorrath pull out of the Fox Valley Liquor Store, 6N559 Route 25, St. Charles Township, and peeled out on the shoulder in the dirt and also headed north, the report stated.
Once on the roadway, the witness observed Southivongnorrath swerve over the center line about halfway into the southbound lanes, the report stated.
The witness told deputies that Southivongnorrath swerved back into the northbound lanes and struck the GMC in the rear while it was waiting to turn west onto Courier Avenue from Route 25, the report stated.
The witness told deputies that Southivongnorrath struck the GMC going about 30 to 45 miles an hour and continued without stopping until he hit the tree, the report stated.
After he hit the tree, Southivongnorrath put his vehicle in reverse and attempted to start driving again, but he was unable to get out of the ditch, the report stated.
Delnor doctors later told deputies that the injured woman suffered a broken nose and a cervical neck sprain due to the crash, the report stated.
According to a court filing, the woman will assert victim’s rights in this case.
Southivongnorrath posted $1,000 bail or 10% of the $10,000 bond that was set.
Records show that in a Jan. 24 court appearance, Kane County Judge D.J. Tegeler ordered Southivongnorrath not to have any alcohol or drugs. Tegeler also ordered that he have an alcohol and/or drug evaluation.
His next court date is March 12 for a preliminary hearing.