Updated: Tri-Cities DUI Arrests, Dec. 16

An intoxicated man drives a woman's car without her permission and hits a tree on Batavia's west side. Read about this and more in the latest roundup of local drunken driving arrests.

Editor's note: The first DUI report below was updated Sunday afternoon to include more information about the crash and use of another person's vehicle.


Dec. 1: A 20-year-old man was cited for driving under the influence of alcohol after he used a woman's car without her permission and hit a tree on Batavia's west side, according to police reports.

Ryan M. Kitowski, 20, of the 1300 block of 9th Street, Harvard, Ill., was cited for the following:

  • DUI: Alcohol
  • No valid driver's license
  • Failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident

The incident took place at 10:39 p.m. on the 400 block of Elm Street.

Crash Narrative

The driver of a black 2003 Volkswagen Jetta, later identified by police as Kitowski, was traveling northbound on Jefferson Street south of Elm Street at a high rate of speed, according to a crash report.

Kitowski lost control of the vehicle and skidded northeast across the Jefferson-Elm intersection. The Jetta struck an elevated portion of a sidewalk and a tree on a parkway on the 400 block of Elm Street before coming to a rest facing southeast, the report said. Airbags were deployed.

According to the crash report, Kitowski admitted to the responding police officers that he:

  • Was intoxicated
  • Did not have a valid Illinois driver's license
  • Lost control of the vehicle at Jefferson and Elm streets
  • Hit a tree

Kitowski also stated that he didn't have permission from the Jetta's owner, who lives on Walnut Street, to operate her vehicle. The owner completed and signed a written statement indicating that Kitowski did not have permission to drive the vehicle.

The crash caused damage to a sidewalk, lawn and tree on the 400 block of Elm Street. There was over $1,500 of damage to any one person's vehicle or property, according to the crash report.

The Jetta sustained front-end damage and had to be towed, the report said.

Sobriety Tests and Breathalyzer

Standardized field sobriety tests were administered to Kitowski. He failed the following tests:

  • Horizontal gaze nystagmus
  • Walk and turn
  • One-leg stand

A PBT test was given, and Kitowski provided a breath sample recording a 0.083 BrAC. He was cited for driving under the influence. Kitowski later provided a breath sample using the Geneva Police Department's breathalyzer machine. He recorded a 0.061 BrAC.

Cash and Court Appearance

Kitowski posted $300 cash bond. He was also issued a complaint for illegal consumption of alcohol under 21 years of age, according to a police report. He was given a notice to appear in court on Jan. 16, 2013.


Dec. 8: Geneva police arrested Kenneth Allison, 31, of Troy, NY, on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving without lights when required around 12:17 a.m. at the intersection of Bricher and Randall roads, reports said. Allison also was given a warning notice for illegal transportation of liquor. He has a court date of Jan. 2 at the Kane County Judicial Center, 37W777 Route 38, St. Charles.


Dec. 7: Erica Leigh Wolny, 40, of the 3000 block of Marion Street, Elgin, was charged at 1:30 a.m. at 1625 W. Main St. with driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding and improper lane use. She posted her driver’s license and a personal recognizance bond and was released pending a court appearance.

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Police report information is provided by local police departments. Charges are not evidence of guilt. They are a record of police actions on a given day, and persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court. If you or a family member are charged or cited and the case is subsequently adjudicated, we encourage you to notify the editor. We will verify and report the outcome.

william moore December 16, 2012 at 05:29 PM
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