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10 charged with DUIs in Kane County crackdown

ALGONQUIN – A Lake in the Hills man was among 10 drivers charged with driving drunk during a Kane County crackdown St. Patrick's Day weekend.

Thomas Fabich, 29, of the 300 block of Harvest Gate, Lake in the Hills, was charged with two counts of driving under the influence, each a class A misdemeanor.

Four of the samples taken over the weekend returned a blood-alcohol content at least twice the state threshold of .08 percent.

"Although 10 DUIs is a higher number than we'd like to see, we are pleased that we were able to get [blood-alcohol content] samples from everyone charged, and we are pleased that 10 impaired drivers were stopped from driving," Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon said in a news release.

The no-refusal operation included the Kane County State's Attorney's Office, 13 municipal police departments and two state police districts.

This year's was the fourth in the county to be held over the St. Patrick's Day weekend and has resulted in 37 drivers being charged with driving under the influence or other related charges.

The initiative is designed to ensure that officers collect the evidence necessary for a DUI conviction through the state's implied consent statute and state and federal legal precedent.

Despite the implied consent law, about 40 percent of drivers cited for driving under the influence over the last several years refused to submit to a test, according to a news release.

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