UPDATED 10 p.m. Monday
ST. JOSEPH — A St. Joseph teen was treated and released from Carle Foundation Hospital Sunday after being struck by an alleged drunken driver as he walked on a county road.
Champaign County sheriff's Sgt. Brian Mennenga said the driver did not stop after hitting the youth but was later arrested by an observant deputy.
Mennenga said about 2 a.m. Sunday, two 15-year-old boys, whom he declined to identify, were walking east on County Road 1700 N near 2200 E when one of them was struck by a vehicle that kept going. The impact of the collision bounced that youth into his friend and both of them fell in the ditch.
They didn't report the accident until later when one of the boys was being treated for a broken ankle and abrasions at Carle.
Mennenga said after interviewing the youth, Deputy Chad Beasley returned to where he was hit and found pieces broken off a vehicle.
Mennenga said Beasley drove to a nearby small subdivision and found a Dodge Durango that was missing the pieces he had recovered. About 5 a.m., he made contact with the resident of the home where the damaged sport utility vehicle was.
He arrested Julie Rahn, 45, of the 2200 block of Jeffery Drive, St. Joseph, for aggravated driving under the influence, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
Mennenga said Beasley could smell alcohol on her and noted she had glazed, bloodshot, watery eyes. Chemical testing revealed she had a blood-alcohol level of 0.15 percent, almost twice the 0.08 limit under which Illinois motorists are presumed intoxicated.
Rahn was released from the county jail later Sunday after posting $2,500 cash.
On Monday Rahn pleaded innocent to two counts of aggravated driving under the influence, one count of driving under the influence, one count of failure to report an accident involving an injury and one count of failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Her next court appearance was set for May 3.