Antioch Township woman accused of fleeing state back in Lake County jail

  • Leena Ultsch, 34, of Antioch Township, is back in Lake County jail after fleeing the state and being arrested in Wyoming.

    Leena Ultsch, 34, of Antioch Township, is back in Lake County jail after fleeing the state and being arrested in Wyoming.

Updated 4/18/2016 2:07 PM

An Antioch Township woman who fled Illinois while facing charges for leaving the scene of an 2015 crash that killed an Antioch motorcyclist is back in Lake County jail, authorities said Monday.

Bail for Leena A. Ultsch, 34, of the 26400 block of West Grapevine Avenue, was set at $250,000 in Lake County court, Lake County Sheriff's Det. Chris Covelli said.


Court records show Ultsch is due back in court April 25 for trial. However, that trial could be postponed.

A $150,000 bench warrant was issued March 30 after she failed to appear at a Lake County court hearing. She was due to appear after she tested positive for cocaine while out on bond.

Ultsch was arrested by the Wyoming Highway Patrol on April 6 for causing a disturbance near Green River, Covelli said.

Defense attorney Greg Nikitas did not comment on the latest hearing.

Ultsch 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 for her role 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 hit Boyes, but left the scene.

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Ultsch called the sheriff's office that morning and admitted she had collided with Boyes' 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.

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

She was charged by Lake County officials with identity theft while free on bond in December. Authorities said she took $100 from a financial account she did not have permission to use.

Ultsch posted the required 10 percent of her $60,000 bond after the identity theft and was released from jail.

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