Alleged drunken driver faces 25 charges, including 4 felonies

Sugar Grove man charged with leaving 2 accident scenes; blood alcohol measured at 3 times legal limit

ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – A former Geneva man charged in December with felony aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, has had 25 new charges filed against him in February – including felony aggravated battery of a hospital security officer, six counts of drunken driving and violating an order of protection, according to police and court records.

Jacob B. Pierce, 34, of the 100 block of Grove St., Sugar Grove, was charged in connection with incidents that occurred on Feb. 21, according to Kane County Sheriff’s and Batavia police reports and court records.

Pierce was also charged with felony aggravated driving under the influence; aggravated DUI causing great bodily harm; aggravated DUI driving without insurance; and both felony and misdemeanor leaving the scene of an accident, records show.

Pierce was also charged with three counts of driving under the influence and three counts of driving with a blood alcohol content greater than 0.08%, police and court records show.

According to Batavia police reports filed with the court and Kane Count Sheriff’s reports, Pierce’s blood alcohol was measured at 0.267%, which is more than three times the legal limit of 0.08%.

Records show Pierce was also cited for various traffic violations: two charges of driving without insurance; two misdemeanor counts of leaving the scene of an accident; two counts of failure to give aid or information after a crash; four counts of driving too fast for conditions; failure to stop at an inoperable stop light; and improper lane use.

Pierce was also charged with misdemeanor unlawful possession of marijuana by a driver, records show.

Incidents involving Pierce began about 5:30 p.m. Feb. 21 on West Wilson Street, 15 feet east of Western Avenue in Batavia in which he was involved in two crashes, one that injured another person, according to felony charging documents and a police summary of the charges.

A Freedom of Information Act request for the full Batavia police report is pending.

Police and court records show that Pierce was involved in two hit-and-run crashes in Batavia, one involving damage to a vehicle and the other involving injuries to another person.

Shortly before 6 p.m., Pierce drove to Finley Road and Route 47 in Sugar Grove where his 2017 white Jeep Patriot struck a semi truck, according to sheriff’s reports.

Pierce was was trapped in the Jeep, needed to be extricated and was taken to Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva for treatment, the report stated.

Pierce was wearing a neck brace and “being belligerently loud and not following hospital staff directions,” when deputies arrived, the report stated.

“Jacob continued to yell out obscenities at police officers and staff. Jacob repeatedly asked to be discharged and would disconnect the hospital monitoring system,” the report stated. “Jacob became more aggressive with his verbal assaults and stated ‘he would knock the (expletive) out of everyone.’ … Nursing and security staff restrained Jacob’s arms and legs using their own restraining devices.”

While advising Pierce of the charges against him and the warning to motorist, “he shouted obscenities about my race,” the report stated.

While Pierce was being restrained, “he spat on (the) security officer,” the report stated. Hospital staff placed a spit hood over Pierce’s head to stop him from spitting at others.

When the charges from Batavia were being stated to Pierce, “he again went into a tirade full of profanity,” the report stated.

According to the charging documents, Pierce had also entered a protected address in Geneva and engaged in conversation with the petitioner, in violation of the order of protection.

The most serious charge against Pierce is aggravated battery of a peace officer – the hospital security officer – a Class 2 felony punishable by four to seven years in prison and fines up to $25,000, or at the judge’s discretion, up to 48 months of probation, if convicted.

The two aggravated DUI and leaving the scene of an accident charges are Class 4 felonies, punishable by one to three years in prison and fines up to $25,000, if convicted.

Bonds set for the various charges totaled $115,000. Pierce posted $11,500 as bail or 10% to be released.

Kane County Judge John Barsanti denied a motion Monday to reduce Pierce’s bond.

Pierce is to appear in court on all the new charges on April 1.

Three felony aggravated domestic battery charges from December are still pending against Pierce, with a court date of March 5, records show.