Antioch Township woman arrested in Wyoming

  • Leena Ultsch

    Leena Ultsch

Updated 4/13/2016 4:23 PM

An Antioch Township woman facing charges for leaving the scene of an 2015 crash that killed an Antioch motorcyclist has been arrested in Wyoming on a bench warrant, authorities said.

Leena A. Ultsch, 34, of the 26400 block of West Grapevine Avenue, was arrested by the Wyoming Highway Patrol for causing a disturbance April 6 near Green River, Lake County sheriff's Det. Christopher Covelli said.


Ultsch was charged with a felony drug possession in Wyoming, police officials there said, but the charge was dropped after she waived extradition to Illinois April 8.

Covelli said the sheriff's office is arranging to bring Ultsch to Lake County. Wyoming authorities said Lake County has until April 18 to pick her up.

Charges against the Wauconda man who was also picked up by Wyoming police were dropped, authorities said.

Ultsch was wanted on a $150,000 bench warrant issued March 30 after she failed to appear at a Lake County court hearing. She was due to appear after testing positive for cocaine while free on bond from Lake County jail, authorities said.

Defense attorney Greg Nikitas did not comment except to say Ultsch was working out extradition paperwork in Wyoming.

Ultsch told Nikitas in March she had to miss the hearing because she was home with a sick child. Judge George Strickland issued the $150,000 bench warrant, but she did not turn herself in to authorities.

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She faces multiple charges of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol, aggravated DUI resulting in death and failure to report an accident resulting in death in a crash on Route 173 about 4 a.m. Aug. 26.

Lake County sheriff's deputies initially said Gregory Boyes, 50, lost control of his 2007 Suzuki motorcycle while driving west near North Linden Lane in Antioch. Hours later, investigators processing the crash site determined another vehicle had been involved, but had left the scene.

Ultsch called the sheriff's office that morning and admitted she had collided with the motorcycle. She told police Boyes drifted into her lane as they passed each other, and she left the scene because she was scared, officials said.

Ultsch also admitted to police she consumed two or three glasses of wine two to three hours before the crash, authorities said.

While free on bond for the crash, Ultsch was charged by Lake County officials with identity theft. Authorities said she took $100 from a financial account to which she was not granted access. Ultsch posted the required 10 percent of her $60,000 bond and was released from jail.

Court records show Ultsch was charged with DUI in Illinois in 2004 and 2005. She received supervision on the 2004 DUI, records show, and spent six days in Lake County jail and one year of parole after pleading guilty to the second DUI charge.

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