September 28th, 2013 at 3:35 pm
The Alton Telegraph is reporting that a 54 year-old Whitehall man is facing charges again that he drunkenly caused a vehicle accident that killed a female passenger.
A charge of aggravated driving under the influence has been filed against James McEvers for the November 2011 death of 23-year-old Alisha Connors of Roodhouse.
In the original accident report, Illinois State Police said that McEvers was driving on County Road 850 E north of County Road 1850 N near Belltown. At approximately 11 p.m., his vehicle left the road at a curve in the road. Police said McEvers overcorrected and lost control of the vehicle, causing it to cross back over the road and slam into a ditch.
Connors was not wearing a seat belt. McEvers was wearing a seat belt and he and another passenger were not injured, according to the report. At the time of the accident, McEvers was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and improper lane use.
At the time the original charges were filed, former Greene County State’s Attorney Matt Goetten says he had to drop the charge because a key witness was on medical leave. Goetten, who is now with the Illinois Appellate Prosecutor’s office, was concerned he would not be able to bring the case to trial within the statutory time limit, and has now re-filed the charges.
McEvers is currently free on $50,000 bond. Aggravated DUI in Illinois is a Class 4 Felony. If convicted, a person faces a loss of full driving privileges for a minimum of 1 year, possible imprisonment for up to 12 years and a maximum fine of $25,000. If you’ve been charged with DUI, contact an experienced Illinois DUI attorney to ensure your rights are protected in the criminal court system.