A drunken driver whose vehicle rear-ended that of a friend who was allegedly driving drunk at the same time has been ordered to perform community service work as part of her penalty.
Jordyn A. Krejci, 20, of Downers Grove, pleaded guilty in DuPage County Circuit Court to a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol in connection with the July 27 crash on Naperville’s far northwest side, according to court records. Written Naperville police reports showed her blood-alcohol level at the time was more than 2 1/2 times the limit that defines intoxication under Illinois law.
Krejci’s friend, Darren C. Robbins, also was found to be driving his vehicle while drunk, police reports indicated. His case is pending.
Judge James J. Konetski accepted Krejci’s plea and ordered her to perform 100 hours of public service work, according to court records. Konetski on Dec. 17 also placed Krejci on two years of court supervision, ordered her to enroll in the county’s “DUI school,” undergo substance abuse counseling and pay a total of $2,250 in fines and legal fees, records showed.
A second DUI count, as well as companion charges of driving without insurance and driving too fast for conditions/failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident were dismissed in exchange for Krejci’s plea, records indicated.
Krejci and Robbins were arrested about 12:56 a.m. following the crash on Abbotsford Drive near McDowell Road, just west of the McDowell Grove Forest Preserve.
A patrol officer and a K-9 unit were sent to the area following a report of a crash there, according to police reports. They found Robbins, Krejci and a passenger standing on a nearby sidewalk, the reports showed.
Krejci was driving a green, 2000 Mitsubishi Montero sport utility vehicle, and Robbins a black, 2007 Lexus RX350 SUV, the reports indicated. Police determined “Krejci was driving and following her friend (Robbins) in the other vehicle” as both were traveling north on Abbotsford Drive and approaching McDowell Road, according to the reports.
Police said Krejci was “unable to stop” her SUV, which then rear-ended the one being driven by Robbins.
The reports showed police detected a strong odor of alcohol on Krejci’s breath, noted she was slurring her words and that “she swayed as she was standing.” When questioned by one of the officers, Krejci said she “drank a few beers while at a friend’s house,” the reports indicated.
Krejci was then taken to the police station for photographing and processing, according to the reports. She submitted to a Breathalyzer test at 2:08 a.m., or more than an hour after the crash, at which time the reports showed her blood-alcohol level was .219. That is more than 2 1/2 times the legal limit of .08.
Robbins, for his part, told police he had had dinner at 8:30 p.m. July 26, “and while there he drank three beers prior to driving.” He also said he had one shot of hard liquor with lime, the reports indicated.
As with Krejci, the officers who observed Robbins at the crash scene noted he had alcohol on his breath, as well as bloodshot and glassy eyes, according to the reports.
Robbins took the Breathalyzer test at the scene, at which time his blood-alcohol level measured .132, the reports showed. He agreed to take the test a second time at 2:16 a.m. at the police station, at which point his blood-alcohol level was .122, the reports indicated.
Robbins, 21, of State College, Pa., is scheduled to appear Jan. 7 in court to answer charges of DUI and driving with expired license plates.