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Article updated: 3/19/2013 11:33 PM

Elburn man charged with St. Patrick's Day DUI

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An Elburn man who celebrated St. Patrick's Day in downtown St. Charles was charged with DUI after police say he hit several signs and almost ran down two St. Charles police officers.

Two St. Charles police officers were speaking with a couple of pedestrians in the 1500 block of Riverside Drive at 8:16 p.m. Saturday, when a black Jeep driving south at a high rate of speed struck a speed limit sign and then veered toward them, said Paul McCurtain, St. Charles Police Department's public information officer.

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Officers jumped out of the way, pulling the pedestrians to safety. The vehicle struck a couple of mailboxes, which broke apart and struck one of the officers, police said.

Another officer pursued the vehicle and stopped it near the intersection of routes 25 and 38, with the assistance of Geneva police officers.

Roger Eugine Loeb, 47, of the 1S000 block of Thorndone Ridge Drive, Elburn, was charged with DUI, improper lane usage, speeding and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.

Loeb was released on a $300 cash bond.

Loeb told police he had celebrated in downtown St. Charles before the crash, McCurtain said.

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