BURLINGTON TOWNSHIP – A Burlington Township man, critically injured in a drunken driving motorcycle crash, was charged in an arrest warrant April 15 with two counts of felony aggravated driving under the influence, according to Kane County Sheriff’s reports and court records.
The warrant also charges Mark A. Barber, 55, of the 8N300 block of Barron Road, Burlington Township, with driving with a blood alcohol content greater than 0.08%.
Barber was also charged with driving under the influence and driving without insurance, according to court and sheriff's records.
Barber is not in custody, records show. Kane County Sheriff's Lt. Pat Gengler stated in an email that the warrant would be served once Barber is released from the hospital.
Barber's bond was set at $75,000 with 10% or $7,500 needed for bail, records show.
According to the crash report, Barber was not wearing a helmet.
Barber was riding a 2010 black Harley-Davidson motorcycle west on Ellithorpe Road from Burlington Road about 9 p.m. April 8 when he veered into the loose gravel on the side of the road, causing him to lose control and crash, according to sheriff’s reports.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call that a man was lying in the middle of the roadway with a pool of blood around his head, unconscious but breathing, according to reports.
Paramedics from the Burlington Fire Protection District arrived before the deputies and helped Barber wake up, reports stated.
One of the first things Barber said to the paramedic was, “Don’t call the police, I do not want a DUI,” reports stated.
Paramedics said Barber was “inebriated” and emitting a strong odor of alcohol, reports stated.
Barber was first transported to Presence St. Joseph’s Hospital in Elgin, then to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove due to his injuries, reports stated.
A doctor at St. Joseph’s told deputies that Barber was in stable but critical condition, reports stated.
The doctor told deputies that Barber's "face appears to be broken and his nose caved in. Mark was placed in a medically induced coma due to his injuries,” reports stated.
A blood serum test showed that Barber’s blood alcohol content was 0.153%, which is almost twice the legal limit of 0.08%, reports stated.
A criminal history check showed Barber had two prior convictions for driving under the influence, on Dec. 2, 1985 and March 27, 1991, reports stated.
Because this would be his third offense, the drunken driving charge was a felony, according to reports and court records.
Aggravated driving under the influence is a Class 2 felony punishable by two to five years in prison and fines of up to $25,000, if convicted.
Barber is scheduled to appear in court May 29.