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DUI charge leveled after crash at Illinois 71/I-80

A Seneca man was charged with DUI after crashing his pickup truck on Illinois 71, near Interstate 80, Friday, May 3.

Michael K. Hawkins, 40, was westbound on Interstate 80, traveling at a high rate of speed, when he lost control of his vehicle as he attempted to exit onto Illinois 71.

Hawkins drove into a ditch, spun around and came to rest against a tree.

He had to be extricated from the truck by the Marseilles Fire Department and was taken to OSF St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Ottawa by ambulance.

Illinois State Police investigated and charged Hawkins with DUI, as well as improper lane usage and driving too fast for conditions.

Hawkins was released from the hospital and taken to La Salle County Jail. He posted bond and was released.
 

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