Man charged with felony DUI in Batavia crash

Updated 4/25/2013 5:47 PM
  • Jason M. Heuser

    Jason M. Heuser

A 27-year-old Maple Park man was arrested and charged with felony DUI and leaving the scene of a crash near downtown Batavia Tuesday night, according to court records.

Jason M. Heuser, a former Batavia resident, faces up to three years in prison on the most serious charge of aggravated DUI if found guilty.

According to court records and police reports, Heuser was involved in a crash at about 8:13 p.m. Tuesday at Route 31 and First Street. Instead of stopping to give the other driver his information, Heuser fled on foot and was found a short time later near the Batavia Public Library.

"Victim and witness stated defendant was intoxicated. Defendant was located in the area of crash and matched witness descriptions. (He) was visibly impaired, heavy slurred speech," read a police report in the court file. "Defendant stated he was last in a bar. Defendant had in his possession alcoholic beverages and keys to offending vehicle."

Heuser, of the 1N0-99 block of Kaneview Court, also registered a .148 blood alcohol concentration, according to the police report. The legal threshold is .08.

Heuser was also charged with failure to give information and aid to the motorist, who was not injured; failure to give information to the Batavia Library for landscape damage; and driving while his license was suspended for the third time or more.

Heuser is free after posting $2,000 bond and is due in court May 3.

According to court records, Heuser also has misdemeanor convictions for disorderly conduct and possession of marijuana.

He was arrested in October 2006 in South Elgin and charged with felony DUI and other offenses. He was found not guilty in a bench trial for DUI, but guilty of driving while his license was suspended. He was sentenced to 240 hours of community service and fined $1,270, records show.

He also spent 30 days in jail after a July 2009 arrest in Aurora for driving while his license was suspended, failure to reduce speed and leaving the scene of an accident.

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