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Driver who crashed into Wheaton home charged with DUI

(WHEATON) A 22-year-old Downers Grove woman has been charged with DUI, leaving the scene of an accident and failing to reduce speed to avoid a crash in connection to a crash Tuesday afternoon in Wheaton where the SUV she was driving jumped a curb, hit a tree, then struck a home.

At about 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, Wheaton police responded to a crash at the intersection of Farnham and Huntleigh, a release from police said.

Officers determined the driver of a 1997 Nissan Pathfinder -- identified as Allison R. Smolinski of Downers Grove -- lost control while traveling westbound on Farnham at Huntleigh. The vehicle left the roadway and collided with a tree and a home.

Smolinski was ejected and the passenger was trapped inside the car, police said. Wheaton firefighters and paramedics performed rescue operations and both were taken to Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield.

One person was in the home when the crash occurred, but was not injured, police said. A natural gas meter was damaged and the Wheaton Fire Department inspected and protected the area from the natural gas leak.

Smolinski was charged with one count of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol, one count of leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident, and one count of failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash. Bond has been set at $500,000, police said.

Smolinski was booked at the Wheaton Police Station and transferred to the DuPage County Jail.

Her passenger has not been charged with any criminal offense, and police were not releasing his ID.

Police on Wednesday said the driver who crashed the SUV into the home may have been involved in two earlier hit-and-run crashes Tuesday afternoon; the first on I-355 in the area of west suburban Addison, and the other about 4:30 p.m. on Roosevelt Road at Blanchard in Wheaton.

Police on Friday morning were not releasing any other details on any of the crashes.



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