UPDATE: Bismarck man charged with aggravated DUI

UPDATE: Bismarck man charged with aggravated DUI

DANVILLE — A rural Bismarck man allegedly confessed to police he had been drinking on Friday before he got behind the wheel of his pickup truck and hit a sports utility vehicle head-on, killing the driver.

David D. Winkler, Jr., 60, was charged in Vermilion County Circuit Court with one count of aggravated driving under the influence-fatality, a Class 2 felony, in connection with the collision that killed 53-year-old Heather K. Roberts, of Danville.

Winkler also faces one count of felony possession of a weapon, a Class 3 felony, and one count of not having a valid FOID card, a Class 2 felony.

His preliminary hearing was set for Nov. 2.

At his arraignment hearing, Winkler told Vermilion County Associate Judge Derek Girton he would like to hire his own attorney, and the judge told him he earned too much money to qualify for a public defender.

Girton upheld his bond at $750,000, meaning he would have to pay $75,000 in order to be released.

The deadly collision occurred at 5:48 p.m. on North Bowman Avenue, between Winter Avenue and Liberty Lane.

According to a Vermilion County sheriff’s office report, Winkler was driving north on Bowman Avenue, when he crossed the center line and struck a Toyota SUV, heading south. Police initially called for an AirLIFE helicopter after seeing that the female driver of the SUV was trapped inside. However, the helicopter wasn’t needed after it was discovered the driver died at the scene.

At Winkler’s hearing, Assistant State’s Attorney Stephanie Weber said two witnesses told police the driver of the pickup “suddenly swerved into the southbound land and hit a car head-on.”

While emergency medical personnel were trying to extract the female, Winkler was sitting on the ground, Weber said. He told police he had drunk three or four beers at Scooters bar on East Voorhees Street, in Danville, then said it might have been three or four whiskies.

Weber said authorities noticed Winkler’s speech was slurred and his eyes were red.

Weber also said authorities found a loaded gun in Winkler’s vehicle and found that his FOID card had been revoked.

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billbtri5 wrote on October 23, 2017 at 5:10 pm

..FOID Card Violation?.....oh  that's V County..

rsp wrote on October 23, 2017 at 7:10 pm

I think you missed that his FOID was revoked. Revoked is something we don't usually see.