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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Monday, April 22, 2019

Bond Set at $25,000 for Plainfield Man Accused of Aggravated DUI in I-355 Crash

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that bond has been set for a Plainfield man accused of causing a head-on crash while driving the wrong way on I-355 in Downers Grove that seriously injured a pregnant woman in an oncoming vehicle. Marco Alegria, 33 (d.o.b. 5/19/1985) appeared at a bond hearing this morning where Judge Brian Telander set bond at $25,000 with 10% to apply. The State requested a bond of $500,000 with 10% to apply.

It is alleged that at approximately 5:30 a.m., April 21, 2109, Alegria was driving his vehicle in the wrong direction southbound on I-355 near Butterfield Road. It is alleged that while driving, Alegria crashed his car head-on into a northbound vehicle, causing severe injuries to the driver including a fractured leg, broken ankle and other injuries that not only will require surgery on her hip, but also caused doctors to induce labor due to her injuries. It is further alleged that Alegria’s BAC was .13. Following the crash, Alegria and the victim of the crash were transported to the hospital for treatment of their injuries. The baby has been placed in the neonatal intensive care unit. Alegria was arrested and taken into custody at this time. 

“Like all alleged DUI cases, the case against Mr. Alegria was 100% avoidable,” Berlin said. “It is quite possible that the defendant’s alleged decision to drive while drunk may have a lifelong impact on both the mother and child. What I find particularly puzzling in all alleged DUI cases is the fact that with ride-sharing services available with the touch of a finger, people still continue to get behind the wheel after they have been drinking. As I have said countless times in the past, do yourself a favor and call a cab or use a ride-sharing service if you have been drinking. I would like to thank the Illinois State Police for their efforts in this case. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Bethany Jackson and Thomas Minser for their work in securing a strong prosecution against Mr. Alegria.”

Alegria’s next court appearance is scheduled for May 29, 2019, for arraignment in front of Judge Telander. 

Members of the public are reminded that these complaints contain only charges and are not proof of the defendant’s guilt.  A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.