A Godfrey man was charged Wednesday in Madison County Circuit Court with a felony charge of aggravated driving under the influence, according to a press release from Madison County Sheriff Robert J. Hertz.
Police identified the suspect as Keith Eugene Herren, 42, of the 5000 block of Oxford Court.
At 7:39p.m. Tuesday, July 29, Madison County sheriff’s deputies responded to the 1500 block of West Delmar, Godfrey, in regard to a traffic crash. Upon arrival, deputies discovered an eastbound vehicle described as a silver Toyota truck had struck three vehicles between the 1900 and 1300 block of West Delmar. A witness also observed the truck strike a stop sign at Boy Scout Lane and West Delmar, where the sequence of events is believed to have started. No injuries were reported.
A sheriff’s deputy located the truck on Frontenac Place at West Delmar. Herren was determined to be the driver and sole occupant. Herren appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and failed a field sobriety test. Investigative efforts led to the development of probable cause to arrest Herren for driving while under the influence of alcohol. He qualified for the enhanced felony offense because he had been convicted of two previous DUIs in Alaska in 2012 and 2014.
Herren was transported to the Madison County Jail, where he was held pending a review of facts by the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office.
The warrant and criminal information was signed by Judge Neil Schroeder, who set Herren’s bond at $50,000. In addition to the felony charge, Herren was issued traffic citations for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, leaving the scene of an accident, driving while license revoked, and failure to report an accident.