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updated: 7/22/2012 5:11 PM

St. Charles dad gets probation after DUI that injured daughter

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A 32-year-old St. Charles man accused of felony DUI and endangering the life of his 4-year-old daughter as a result of a crash in March has avoided prison.

Jair Martinez, of the 1700 block of Cumberland Green, pleaded guilty last month to aggravated DUI, records show.

Judge Marmarie Kostelny sentenced Martinez to serve 24 months probation, wear an alcohol monitoring device for 100 days and perform 25 days of community service that benefits children, according to court records. Martinez, who faced up to three years in prison on the most serious felony charges, spent 103 days in the Kane County jail while his case was pending.

Martinez was driving his silver 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse on March 4 when he crashed into a SUV at Randall Road and Prairie Street in St. Charles, according to authorities and court records.

The crash injured two other motorists, along with Martinez' daughter, who was not secured in a car seat.

Martinez' defense attorney, George Kallas, declined to comment on the case when reached by phone.

Steep sentence could be coming: A 42-year-old Elgin man who was nabbed in March 2010 with cash and guns after trying to buy $300,000 worth of cocaine from an undercover cop faces a minimum 15 years in prison.

A Kane County jury recently convicted Jorge A. Tejeda, of the 300 block of North Crystal Street, of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a look-alike substance, and possession of a firearm without a Firearm Owners Identification Card, according to court records.

Tejeda is set for sentencing Aug. 23 before Kane County Judge David Akemann and faces up to 60 years in prison on the most serious charge.

Prosecutors said that on March 26, 2010, Tejeda gave an undercover Elgin cop $40,000 and six kilograms of what he said was low quality cocaine in exchange for three kilograms of high quality cocaine.

He was arrested after the deal and Elgin police also seized two guns from Tejeda.

In court filings, prosecutors argued that the drugs Tejeda brought to the deal were worth $600,000 and that he needed to prove bail money came from legitimate sources if he was to be released while his case was pending. Tejeda has been held in the Kane County jail on $1 million bond since his arrest.

Tejeda's defense attorney, Sheldon Banks, who did not return a phone message, unsuccessfully argued at trial that his client was a victim of entrapment.

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