DECATUR – Antonio T. Andrews, a 28-year-old Decatur man, is facing four felony counts, after he allegedly crashed his car into another vehicle, causing a 23-year-old front seat passenger to suffer life-threatening injuries including bleeding and bruising of her brain, broken ribs and a fractured pelvis.
Andrews fled the scene after the collision, which occurred at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Illinois 48 at about 1:40 p.m. Feb. 4. Police found him in the nearby County Market store. He was subsequently arrested and booked into the Macon County Jail, where he is being held on $30,000 bond.
The driver of a red Oldsmobile carrying the injured passenger told police she was turning south onto Illinois 48 from Grand on a green arrow when a green Pontiac “hit her at a high rate of speed in the intersection,” said an affidavit by Decatur patrol officer Larry Brooks.
Witnesses said the Pontiac, later identified as the vehicle driven by Andrews, was traveling east on Grand, when it approached the intersection with a red light. The Pontiac “disobeyed the red light for eastbound traffic and ran into the red-colored Oldsmobile,” witnesses told police.
At the time of his arrest, Andrews was wanted by police on a warrant for a pending Sangamon County case of deceptive practices/bad check. He was also on probation for felony convictions in two 2015 Macon County cases: possession of a stolen vehicle and deceptive practices/bad check.
When police first contacted Andrews in the store, he said he did not know what happened “and that he did not know who was driving.”
When an officer informed him that his front seat passenger, who had also fled from the scene, reported that Andrews was the driver, he then changed his story, admitting that he was the driver of the Pontiac. He admitted to police that he knew that the license plates did not belong to the Pontiac. Police discovered that Andrews, who said he recently bought the Pontiac, did not have a driver's license or auto insurance.
As Andrews was interviewed by police, he “spoke with a very slurred speech,” had “glossy eyes and a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage,” and “swayed from front to back.” A preliminary breath test administered at Decatur Memorial Hospital showed his blood alcohol content at 0.117 percent, nearly 50 percent above the legal limit of 0.08 percent for a driver.
Andrews was arraigned Tuesday on two counts of aggravated DUI alcohol and two counts of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in personal injury, in addition to several traffic citations. He is due in court March 1 for his preliminary hearing.