A Glen Ellyn, Illinois man was arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence this week after a hit-and-run collision left another driver in critical condition. Lawrence Sieber, 62, was officially charged with aggravated DUI resulting in bodily harm, aggravated eluding and fleeing, leaving the scene of an accident, and aggravated reckless driving. All of the charges held against Sieber are felonies.
Around 4:50 p.m. in the evening, the offender was driving in the Villa Park area when he failed to stop at a stop sign and t-boned another vehicle with his pickup truck in the intersection. The other driver was severely injured, and Sieber drove away from the accident. It was not long before Sieber was involved in three other subsequent accidents—another in the Villa Park area and two in the nearby Lombard area.
Law enforcement officers who responded to the incidents located the offender driving his vehicle on Roosevelt Road and began a pursuit. While Sieber was stopped at a traffic light, he ran his truck into the vehicle in front of him while attempting to evade police. This attempt was unsuccessful, and he was arrested after a brief struggle with law enforcement officers, who had to physically remove Sieber from his vehicle.
The driver involved in the initial accident remains in the hospital in critical condition. Sieber is being held on $750,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court in early February. Assuming this is the offender’s first DUI charge, he faces several penalties including up to one year in jail, a one-year license suspension, up to $2,500 in monetary fines, and being required to use an Ignition Interlock Device (IID).
In addition to these penalties, Sieber faces other punishments should he be convicted of the additional charges against him. Regardless of the circumstances, anyone who is charged with a drinking and driving-related crime should seek the assistance of a knowledge DUI attorney for their state, keeping in mind that DUI laws vary across state lines.
A DUI attorney reviews his or her client’s case and looks at all the evidence that will be presented against the offender at trial. After review, these legal professionals can give their clients recommendations on how to proceed, including how they should plead in court, what plea bargains may be available to them, and the possible penalties and impacts they may face if they are convicted.
Taryn J. White is a legal research specialist and DUI law news reporter. Her current accomplishments include helping those facing any driving under the influence arrest charges, get free online assistance in learning how to fight a DUI case for the best possible outcome.