A recent late-night collision sent one man to the hospital and the other into police custody. Illinois police arrested the driver accused of causing the wreck on a DUI charge. Another vehicle suffered damage from flying debris, but no one inside was injured.

The 45-year-old driver apparently lost control of his vehicle while traveling in the southbound lane of U.S. 51. He initially crossed the center yellow line, passed across the northbound side of the road and drove into a ditch. However, his vehicle struck a culvert, and he steered back onto the road and into the northbound lane again.

A 49-year-old man was heading northbound on his motorcycle at the same time and, unable to avoid a collision, struck the rear of the wrecked vehicle, suffering injuries in the process. He was transported to an area hospital for treatment. It does not appear as if the driver who lost control suffered any injuries, and police did not disclose how they determined he may have been intoxicated at the time of the wreck.

Illinois defendants arrested for a DUI charge probably already know just how much is on the line. Not only do they stand to lose their driving privileges even if they are never convicted, a criminal record could follow them for years to come, putting them out of the running for certain employment opportunities. Timely action is essential in cases such as these, but knowing where to start can be confusing. An experienced attorney can usually help point defendants in the right direction regarding their criminal defense.