DECATUR — A 48-year-old Weldon man was arrested on a preliminary charge of aggravated driving under the influence, causing great bodily harm, after the vehicle he was driving veered off the road and rolled over, causing his 50-year-old female passenger to suffer broken ribs and a broken nose.
When Macon County sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene Sunday evening, about a half mile south of Niantic, they found a woman trapped on the passenger side floorboard, said an affidavit by deputy Leon Kallenbach.
She was naked from the waist up, with “her pants and underwear pulled down to mid-thigh,” the deputy wrote.
The vehicle was found in a field north of Eldorado Street, near Four Bridges Road. Niantic firefighters extricated the woman and the driver, Edwin H. Burton, from a 1992 white Dodge, which had extensive damage to its front end, roof and passenger compartment.
A bottle containing about 1 liter of whiskey and an empty whiskey pint bottle were found in the crumpled Dodge.
The female victim was taken to St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, where she was admitted, treated and later released.
Burton was taken to the Decatur Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and interviewed by a deputy. Hospital personnel later told the deputy that Burton suffered a broken nose and a concussion and had glass in his inner ear.
Burton told a deputy he had been on his way home from Springfield but said he didn’t know what road he was on or what direction he had been traveling.
“A strong odor of alcoholic beverage was detected from Edwin,” the deputy wrote in his statement.
When Burton was asked why the woman’s clothes were off, he replied that “we were horny.” When the deputy pressed him for an answer as to what the couple had been doing he said, “I don’t remember.”
“Edwin was unable to explain how he ended up in the field,” the affidavit said.
A blood test showed that Burton’s blood-alcohol level was 0.25 percent, more than three times the legal limit for driving in Illinois.
After he was released from the hospital, Burton was booked into the Macon County Jail on Tuesday morning. He was released from jail after posting $2,000 cash bail later that day. He is due in circuit court April 19 for his arraignment.