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Harvard man charged with DUI after hit-and-run

Second Harvard man arrested on drug charges, resisting police

Guadencio E. Herrera, 33, of the 800 block of West Metzen Street in Harvard (left) and Mario Casas, 29, of the 600 block of Church Street in Harvard were arrested over the weekend in Harvard.
Guadencio E. Herrera, 33, of the 800 block of West Metzen Street in Harvard (left) and Mario Casas, 29, of the 600 block of Church Street in Harvard were arrested over the weekend in Harvard.

HARVARD – A Harvard man was charged with driving under the influence Saturday after he struck a parked car and left the scene, police said. His passenger, who police said had a small amount of cocaine in his pocket, also was charged in the incident.

Harvard police responded just after
11 a.m. Saturday to the 100 block of Garfield Street in Harvard for a report of a hit-and-run crash in the area, according to a news release from the Harvard Police Department. An unknown vehicle had struck a parked car and left the scene but still was nearby, according to the release.

When police arrived, they spoke with witnesses who identified the car Guadencio E. Herrera, 33, of the 800 block of West Metzen Street in Harvard, was driving as the one that had struck the other, scraping the driver’s side of the vehicle, Harvard Deputy Police Chief Tyson Bauman said.

Police pulled over Herrera’s car and he “did not want to cooperate,” Bauman said.

“[He] ended up pulling away from the officers,” Bauman said.

Herrera eventually was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, failing to report a crash and resisting police. He posted $100 bail and was released. Herrera is next due in court Nov. 1.

Mario Casas, 29, of the 600 block of Church Street in Harvard, was a passenger in Herrera’s vehicle and began walking away when police arrived.

Casas also struggled with officers before being arrested. Police found a small amount of cocaine in his pocket, Bauman said.

Casas was charged with possessing a controlled substance, transporting alcohol and resisting police. He was confined for several days in McHenry County Jail before posting bail Monday afternoon.

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