Metro-East News

Teen flown to St. Louis hospital after DUI-related crash

A teenager was airlifted to a St. Louis hospital for injuries she suffered in a DUI-related crash that led to charges being filed against a Pinckneyville man, the Illinois State Police reported.

Kayla Choate, 18, was flown to St. Louis after the single-vehicle crash on a rural Perry County road early Friday, according to a news release.

Charles Emiling, 20, was charged with DUI, improper lane usage and consumption of alcohol by a person under 21, police said.

Emiling was driving a 2007 Ford pickup truck south on Tanglefoot Road one mile north of Cudgetown Road when it left the roadway and overturned, police said.

Choate was a passenger in the truck. Emiling and three other passengers were not injured.