A Collinsville man has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident with injury and felony driving under the influence of alcohol after a wild ride early Saturday morning.
At about 2:11 a.m. Alberto Ramirez, 28, of 801 Greenwood Place in Collinsville, left the Perez Cantina at 5901 Collinsville Road in East St. Louis, according to Madison County Sheriff's Department Capt. Mike Dixon. He struck a car with his red 1997 Ford Mustang as he tried to back out of a parking space.
"The owner of the car he hit, a 1991 Lexus, saw the collision and was attempting to make contact with Ramirez," Dixon said. "A female acquaintance was with the owner of the car that was hit and was speaking to Ramirez when he decided to flee and he struck her with his car."
The woman who was hit suffered some abrasions but refused medical treatment. Neither she nor the owner of the Lexus was identified by investigators.
When the suspect pulled out of the parking lot, he headed east on Collinsville Road. But he didn't get far.
Less than half an hour after the accident, Madison County deputies found Ramirez asleep in his car which was parked at a business in the 8400 block of Collinsville Road. According to police reports, it was determined that Ramirez, who currently has his driver's license revoked for a previous driving under the influence conviction, was under the influence of alcohol. He refused to submit to field sobriety and breathalyzer testing.
Because Ramirez's driver's license was revoked for a previous D.U.I. conviction at the time of the incident, the new D.U.I charge has been enhanced to a felony.
Madison County Judge James Hackett set Ramirez's bond at $30,000. Ramirez was also charged with Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle, Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident, Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Accident and Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol.
Dixon said the case was handled by the Madison County Sheriff's Department because the Perez Cantina is in a small portion of Madison County that has an East St. Louis mailing address.
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