Manteno man charged with driving under the influence in fatal crash in Monee Township

A 27-year-old Manteno man was arrested last week on a warrant charging him with two counts of driving under the influence in connection with a three-car crash in rural Monee that killed a Beecher man and the man’s wife was injured. , according to Will County Sheriff’s Office online police and court records.

Myles J. Swets, of the 200 block of Walnut Street, Manteno, was driving on West Pauling Road, about a mile east of Route 50, about 9:30 a.m. Jan. 15 when he went off the road onto the shoulder and struck a car collided. parked car, sheriff’s police said. The parked car, containing Mattew B. Eisele, 39, and his wife, was driven into another parked car and then into a field, police said.

The Eiseles had helped another couple with a flat tire, but both couples had returned to their respective vehicles on the shoulder to warm up and wait for needed tools, police said. Eisele had placed reflective signs behind his vehicle, police said.

Eisele was extricated from his vehicle by the Monee Fire Department and taken to Olympia Fields Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:25 a.m. His wife was taken to South Suburban Hospital with cuts and back pain. The passengers in the other car, a 17-year-old female from Oak Forest and 18-year-old male from Beecher, were not injured and refused medical treatment.

Swets, who was on probation after pleading guilty in November to possession of a controlled substance in March 2023, was charged May 9 with aggravated DUI/causing death and aggravated DUI/causing injury, court records show .

He is scheduled to appear Friday at a detention hearing at the Will County Courthouse in Joliet, court records show.

Dennis Sullivan is a freelance reporter for the Daily Southtown.