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New charges filed in Octoberfest DUI crash

Driver's blood alcohol level was nearly four times legal limit

COAL CITY — The Coal City man who injured three Coal City public works employees cleaning up at the end of the village's annual Octoberfest has been charged with aggravated DUI for the incident.

Grundy County State's Attorney John Bates said charges were filed Monday against Thomas C. Brown, 42, of Coal City.

According to previous reports, just before 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6, the accident was reported at south Broadway and Oak Streets in Coal City. First responders said one city employee was getting out of a truck with a trailer attached when he was hit by Brown, while two other employees nearby were also injured.

The two were taken to Morris Hospital and released, while public works superintendent Darrell L. Olson, 44, was airlifted to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, Ill.

Brown was arrested on a warrant for the charges and was taken to the Grundy County jail. He posted $5,000 and was released from custody.

Bates said Brown was initially charged with driving under the influence, but more information led to the new charge.

"We were waiting on the lab results on the blood alcohol level," he said.

Bates said Brown's blood alcohol level clocked in at .312, above the legal limit of .08 percent.

In recent weeks, Coal City officials have given updates on Olson's condition. At the Grundy County Chamber of Commerce's State of Coal City event held Oct. 16 at Coal City Middle School, Village Administrator Matt Fritz told area business leaders Olson is recovering from his injuries.

Fritz confirmed to the group that Olson's leg was amputated following the crash.

"He is recovering and expected to recover from everything that happened to him," he said. "It's a long road for him, but he is starting to recover."

Chief Tom Best, who also presented at the event, agreed.

"He's a tough guy," he said. "He's in pretty good spirits considering the circumstances."

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