Crime & Courts

West Chicago driver charged with DUI in Geneva Twp. had blood alcohol level twice legal limit

Driver admitted to 1 beer, 1 brandy shot before driving

ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – A West Chicago man who was charged with drunken driving had a blood alcohol content more than twice the legal limit, according to Kane County Sheriff’s Reports.

Deputies were called at about 8:30 p.m. Feb. 5 to Wenmoth Road south of Fabyan Parkway, Geneva Township, in response to a report of a single vehicle crash, reports stated, in which the caller stated the driver might be intoxicated.

Deputies found a gold Jeep sedan with the driver, Boguslaw Gruszeczka, 67, of the 31W100 block of Hawthorne Lane, West Chicago, standing outside the vehicle, the report stated.

“While speaking with him, I could detect the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage upon his breath and noticed his eyes were bloodshot and glazed,” the report stated.

Gruszeczka told the deputy he was cut off while traveling south on Wenmoth, the report stated.

“Gruszeczka made the statement while leaning against his vehicle with his arms folded and standing in ankle-deep snow,” the report stated. “In addition, I noted he had soiled his pants by urinating through his blue jeans and the zipper was opened.”

Gruszeczka told deputies he had consumed one beer and one brandy shot before driving, the report stated.

Gruszeczka failed several field sobriety tests, the report stated.

His breath exam measured his blood alcohol content at 0.169%, the report stated, more than double the legal limit of 0.08%.

Gruszeczka was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a blood alcohol content greater than 0.08% and disobeying control devices for designated lanes.

Court records of his current charges, bond and court schedule were unavailable.

But Kane County Circuit Clerk records show that Gruszeczka was charged twice previously with driving under the influence in 2016 and in 2004.

For the 2004 charge, Gruszeczka pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and the second charge of having a blood alcohol content greater than 0.08%, was not prosecuted, records show. He was sent for alcohol treatment, paid a fine, was ordered to perform 50 hours of community service and received 11 months of supervision ending on March 3, 2006, court records show.

In 2016, the charges against Gruszeczka were drunken driving and reckless driving, court records show.

Gruszeczka pleaded guilty to reckless driving and the DUI charge was not prosecuted, records show.

He paid a fine, received alcohol treatment, was subject to drug and alcohol testing and 18 months of probation ending on Nov. 30, 2019, court records show.

Gruszeczka was also charged with speeding 21-25 miles an hour over the limit on Sept. 28, 2020, for which he received three months of supervision which ended Jan. 12, this year, records show.