Traffic map
Article updated: 9/28/2012 8:12 PM

Lake Villa police chief's son pleads not guilty to aggravated DUI stemming from crash

text size: AAA

The son of the Lake Villa police chief pleaded not guilty Friday to charges he was drunk when he injured three passengers after slamming his SUV into a tree in Lake Villa in June.

Robert Roth, 23, of the 20000 block of San Rem Avenue in Venetian Village, could spend up to 12 years behind bars if found guilty on any of the six charges of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol that caused great bodily harm.

The son of Lake Villa Police Chief Ron Roth could also be sentenced up to 30 months' supervision or could face a fine of up to $25,000, Lake County circuit court Judge Brian Hughes said Friday.

Attorney Steven Simonian, who represents Roth, did not comment about the charges after Roth's not guilty plea. Roth remains free on bond after posting 10 percent of $10,000 bail.

Roth is accused of being intoxicated while driving when he lost control of his 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer and struck a tree at 12:51 a.m. June 14. Police found four people in the vehicle -- including Roth -- complaining of various injuries. All four were taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville and later released.

Lake County Assistant State's Attorney Kenneth LaRue said Roth had a blood alcohol content of .098 after the crash on Route 83. LaRue also said Robert Roth indicated he was "the police chief's son" when interviewed by officers at the scene.

Roth was initially charged with misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of alcohol and reckless driving following the accident. Those charges were upgraded in August.

Ron Roth said he had immediately delegated the handling of the case to other officers in his department to ensure no conflict of interest

Robert Roth is due back in court on Nov. 14 for a pretrial conference. The trial is expected to take place on Dec. 17.

Comments ()
We are now using Facebook comments to offer a more inclusive, social and constructive discussion. Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.

This article filed under

Latest Video


Most Commented
    SOSEScript: generic_rss failed executing with the following error: Error on line 101 position 3: Object required: 'rssXML'
See today's top 50 articles
Top Jobs

    View all Top Jobs Place a job ad



    • Newspaper next section - Newspaper next section Report card checker - report card checker
    • Dh innovation award 2 - Dh innovation award 2 Zillow /real estate page
    • Discuss refer On Guard series
    • Newspaper archives -- Monday or anyday Mike North



    Connect with a business or service in your area fast. First select a town, then enter a search term or choose one of the listed popular searches:

    Don't see your town listed? Visit our full directory to begin your search.