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Illinois man gets jail term for drunken ATV crash

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Darryl Enriquez
July 21, 2011
— An Illinois man is serving six months in Walworth County Jail for injuring a passenger when, while intoxicated, he crashed an all-terrain vehicle into a tree in Sugar Creek Township.

Brian W. Robie, 30, of North Aurora, Ill., pleaded guilty recently to causing injury while driving under the influence, a misdemeanor. A second charge of causing great bodily harm was dismissed. The charges initially were felonies.


Elizabeth Peshia was injured July 3, 2010, in the collision in the N7400 block of Lost Nation Road.


An investigating deputy said Robie had slurred speech and the odor of intoxicants on his breath, according to a Walworth County criminal complaint.


An ambulance took Robie and Peshia to Aurora Lakeland Medical Center in Elkhorn. Peshia suffered cracks to two vertebrae. A test showed Robie’s blood alcohol concentration was more than twice the legal limit.


A witness with a driveway 200 feet from the crash site told a Walworth County sheriff’s deputy Robie was driving up and down Lost Nation Road at “a very high rate of speed,” according to the complaint.


The witness said he wanted to tell Robie to stop driving recklessly, but the defendant and Peshia whizzed past the witness’s home and crashed into the tree, the complaint states.


After calling 911, the witness said he checked on the couple and found both unconscious on the ground. After a minute, the two began moving around, the complaint said.


Walworth County Judge Robert Kennedy penalized Robie by ordering him to pay $1,298 in fines and court costs. Kennedy also suspended Robie’s driving privileges for two years.


Based on the order, Robie can serve jail time as part of a work-release program that allows him to work in Illinois, but he can’t drive there.



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