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Rock Falls man charged with DUI, reckless driving after accident

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Roberto L. Reyna

ROCK FALLS – A Rock Falls man is free on $2,500 bond after being accused of injuring two people with his car while driving drunk as he left a party early Saturday.

Roberto L. Reyna, 38, was charged with DUI, along with with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and aggravated reckless driving, both felonies punishable by 1 to 3 years in prison.

He was expected to appear in court this morning for an attorney status hearing. He has a preliminary hearing Thursday.

Reyna had been at a house party on Mechling Lane in Rock Falls when he got into his car to leave around 2:30 a.m. Saturday, Whiteside County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Tim Cain said.

Reyna sped down the driveway, hitting Andrew F. Johnson, 24, of Sterling, who suffered an injured wrist, Cain said.

Reyna's car then hit Sarah R. Porter, 21, also of Sterling, and then struck her car before hitting a tree, Cain said.

His car then hit a mailbox before crashing into a landscape boulder in a lawn across the street.

Porter was released Saturday morning after being treated at CGH Medical Center. Johnson refused treatment at the scene.

Cain said he did not know whether Porter and Johnson also had attended the party, or whether they were simply walking by.

Reyna also was taken to CGH Medical Center and treated for injuries. The deputy who responded to the call suspected Reyna had been drinking, and medical staff drew blood to be tested, Cain said.

Those results should be available in a few weeks, Cain said.

Reyna later was taken to the Whiteside County Jail.

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