Crime & Courts

Based on record, DUI refiled as a felony

WOODSTOCK – Prosecutors dropped misdemeanor charges and refiled them as felonies in the case of a Crystal Lake man accused of driving while intoxicated, three years after he was convicted of being drunk and driving a snowmobile in a crash that killed his friend, TV anchorman Randy Salerno.

Scott D. Hirschey, 49, was arrested July 27 by Crystal Lake police on suspicion of misdemeanor driving under the influence and several traffic offenses.

He now is charged with felony DUI because of his criminal record.

Hirschey was arrested again Monday and released after posting bond a few hours later.

In July 2009, Hirschey was sentenced in Wisconsin to three years of probation after pleading no contest to homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle.

He also was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service, undergo alcohol and psychological and grief assessment, and submit to any recommended counseling.

Salerno, a 45-year-old Crystal Lake native and a CBS 2 Chicago morning news anchor, was riding on the back of a snowmobile built for one person that Hirschey was driving Jan. 24, 2008.

Hirschey lost control and crashed about 20 miles north of Eagle River, Wis.

– Sarah Sutschek

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