PEKIN - Morton man will likely go to prison for driving drunk in a crash that killed a motorcyclist in Tazewell County last June.
Colton Vinovich, 26, pleaded guilty Friday to aggravated DUI causing the death of Clayton Burger, 64, of Creve Coeur.
In custody since the crash, Vinovich faces up to 14 years in prison unless his judge finds “extraordinary circumstances” as a factor in his case, allowing probation. Sentencing is set for June 15.
Hospital tests after the crash revealed his blood-alcohol content at .145 percent, nearly twice the legal limit for driving.
Vinovich told his father at the crash site, “I guess I smoked the stop sign” at Tennessee Avenue and Queenwood Road southeast of Morton, a prosecutor’s court affidavit stated. He acknowledged he had drunk “more than three beers” before driving home from work.
Vinovich was driving north on Tennessee at about 11 p.m. on June 20 when Burger’s motorcycle, westbound on Queenwood, slammed into the passenger side of his Jeep SUV. Burger was pronounced dead at the scene.
Vinovich told police he didn’t see Burger’s motorcycle approaching as he entered the crossing that’s located within unobstructed farm fields, the affidavit stated. Queenwood is not controlled by a stop sign at the intersection.