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Michael Smith Pleads Guilty to Three Counts of Aggravated Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and One Count of Driving on a Revoked License

Post Date:12/04/2017 4:07 PM

PRESS RELEASE

December 4, 2017

MICHAEL SMITH PLEADS GUILTY TO THREE COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL AND ONE COUNT OF DRIVING ON A REVOKED LICENSE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Patrick D. Kenneally, McHenry County State’s Attorney, announces that 49-year-old Michael E. Smith of Island Lake, pled guilty to the offenses of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol and driving on a revoked license. Smith will be sentenced on February 9, 2018 by the Honorable Judge Prather.

On November 2, 2014, the defendant went to the Twisted Moose Bar in McHenry and consumed ten beers and ten shots of liquor. The defendant then left and drove his Ford Ranger in the wrong lane of traffic on river road and collided with a Dodge Neon containing 4 teenage occupants. Two of the teenagers in the Dodge Neon suffered great bodily harm as a result of the crash. The defendant later submitted to chemical testing, which revealed his blood alcohol level was 0.225. The defendant’s driving privileges have previously been revoked and he has three prior violations for driving under the influence of alcohol.

The defendant is facing a mandatory term in the Illinois Department of Corrections based upon his prior convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol. The defendant is also subject to truth in sentencing guidelines because of the great bodily harm suffered by the victims.      

This case was investigated by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department and prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorneys Michael Combs and Judy Shammo.

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