A 30-year-old man was charged with four counts of felony driving under the influence (DUI) in connection with a motorcycle accident that severely injured his female passenger. The crash occurred in St. Charles Township, Illinois.
Michael S. Wright faces two counts of felony aggravated drunk driving without insurance and two counts of felony aggravated DUI causing great bodily harm. He was accused of failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident. If convicted, Wright could be sentenced to one to three years in prison and fined up to $25,000 per count.
Wright admitted to drinking two beers before “going around the block for a quick ride” on his 2016 Triumph motorcycle, according to police. His blood alcohol content (BAC) was at 0.14 percent. According to Illinois law, individuals with a BAC level of 0.08 percent or higher are considered legally drunk.
Wright said he was traveling around 40 miles per hour and did not realize he was approaching a dead end. The motorcycle failed to stop and struck some trees. He called emergency services upon realizing his passenger was injured.
The woman suffered a concussion, dislocated hip and broken bones. Paramedics transported her to Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva for treatment.
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