Tuesday, February 2, 2010

"Wogen charged with DUI"


Created: Monday, February 1, 2010 11:54 p.m.

Wogen charged with DUI
By CARRIE FRILLMAN cfrillman@daily-chronicle.com

DeKALB – Former 3rd Ward DeKalb Alderman Victor Wogen was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with driving under the influence.

Wogen also was charged with texting while driving, according to a DeKalb Police report.

Police received a call shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday that a driver had crashed into a light pole in the 1100 block of West Lincoln Highway, which is where the street intersects with Annie Glidden Road.

He then headed south on Annie Glidden Road and turned onto Deerpath Lane, according to the report. Police located the 2004 Honda Element being driven by Wogen near the intersection of Deerpath Lane and Knolls Avenue.

According to the police report, Wogen admitted that he was sending a text message when he struck a median sign and light pole at the nearby intersection. He then failed field sobriety tests, the report said.

Wogen refused medical treatment, according to the police report, and was taken to the DeKalb Police Department where he posted bail and was later released.

He was charged with driving under the influence, driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol content greater than 0.08, texting while driving and improper lane use. He is due in court March 12.

DeKalb Police Chief Bill Feithen could not confirm Monday if this was the first instance in the city of a charge of texting while driving. A state law made it illegal to text while driving on Jan. 1.

Wogen was elected as the 3rd Ward representative to the DeKalb City Council in April 2007. On Dec. 14, Wogen announced his resignation, citing personal reasons for stepping down. It followed the revelation that in 2008, Wogen’s now-defunct masonry company received six contracts with the city of DeKalb for maintenance projects.

At the time, expenditures less than $20,000 didn’t require the authorization of the city council, only that of the city manager. All of the contracts awarded to Wogen’s company were for less than $20,000.

Wogen pleaded guilty in early January to a single count of battery and received 18 months of court supervision. He originally faced two counts of domestic battery after police say he pushed his wife Aug. 16 during an argument. The first count was dropped, and the second was amended to a simple battery.

Attempts to reach Wogen for comment were unsuccessful Monday.

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