The Aurora Police Department announced Tuesday, Feb. 13, that the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office has secured felony charges against a Boulder Hill woman after she received her sixth DUI arrest.
Leah R. Behrens, 33, of the 0-10 block of Chatham Place, was charged with three felonies following incidents on Feb. 6: DUI, obstructing justice and driving on a revoked license, according to Aurora police.
According to police, the DUI is a Class X felony, which calls for enhanced prison time if she is convicted. Behrens was also charged with traffic and misdemeanor charges including additional DUI charges, failure to yield while turning left, operating an uninsured vehicle, driving without insurance, leaving the scene of a property damage crash and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
Behrens was driving a 2002 Mitsubishi Galant when it struck two vehicles that were stopped at a stoplight at Lake Street (Route 31) and Illinois Avenue at around 6:35 p.m. on Feb. 6, according to police. All of those involved in the crash declined medical attention, police said.
According to police, Behrens fled that crash and then was involved in another accident at around 6:40 p.m. at Broadway (Route 25) and Hazel Avenue, about two and a half miles away from the first crash. Police said Behrens was driving south on Route 25 and tried to turn left on Hazel but instead turned in front of a northbound pickup truck driven by a 36-year-old Plano man. The pickup’s passengers were the man’s three sons, ages 14, 12 and 4, according to police. No one in the truck required medical attention, police said.
The second crash occurred near a restaurant where two Aurora police officers were having dinner, police said. Another patron at the restaurant alerted the officers to the crash and when they investigated, they found Behrens outside of her vehicle displaying obvious signs of intoxication, police said.
Officers then learned that she was involved in the crash at Lake and Illinois, police said.
Behrens was treated at and released from a local hospital, police said. According to police, the felony obstruction of justice charge is related to Behrens' refusal of a court-ordered blood draw and urine test when she was later taken to another Aurora hospital.