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Lake Villa police chief’s son pleads guilty to DUI

Robert Roth

Robert Roth

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Updated: July 23, 2013 6:12AM

Lake Villa police chief’s son admitted to aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol when he and a car full of passengers collided with a tree.

Robert Roth, 24, of Venetian Village in unincorporated Lake Villa, was before Judge Brian Hughes Friday, June 21, for a pretrial hearing on his pending aggravated DUI felony charge. Roth took a plea deal through his attorney Jason Mercure.

Roth had a blood-alcohol content of .168 when he drove June 14, 2012, Assistant State’s Attorney Jason Humke said. Roth admitted to police that he stayed at Blackthorn Grille in Lake Villa until the last call that evening. He had three passengers in his vehicle when he struck a tree in the 200 block of North Milwaukee Avenue (Route 83), Humke said.

Police found Roth laying outside the vehicle. He and his passengers all sustained injuries from the crash. Roth also pleaded guilty to failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. He was traveling at 40 to 45 mph, which was 25 mph over the speed limit when he hit the tree, according to Humke.

Roth could have spent one to 12 years in prison. Instead, he will serve 30 months of probation, 30 days of periodic imprisonment, spend five months on electronic home monitoring and will perform 100 hours of public service.

“Thank God they weren’t life-threatening or permanent injuries. Think of the embarrassment to your father with the job he has. I believe that you are taking this seriously. I hope that carries with you the rest of your life. I hope that you never find yourself in this situation again,” Hughes told Roth.

Hughes said he considered many factors when deciding to accept the plea deal that kept Roth out of prison. Roth was ticketed for no seat belt and has a battery charge in Wisconsin. That is the extent of his criminal history, Hughes and Humke said.

Hughes also ordered Roth to seek employment, not to use alcohol and to abide by a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew. Hughes also cautioned Roth that he could go to jail for six months if he fails to comply with the terms.

Roth pleaded guilty to a single count of aggravated DUI. Five counts of aggravated DUI were dropped in exchange for his guilty plea.

Roth’s father, Lake Villa Police Chief Ron Roth, ordered command personnel to handle the crash investigation.

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