Single-vehicle crash leads to 3rd OWI charge

Single-vehicle crash leads to 3rd OWI charge

A single-vehicle crash in the town of Decatur Monday afternoon led to a third drunken-driving charge for an Illinois man, officials said.

The Green County Sheriff’s Department said 33-year-old Benjamin W. Houghton, of Freeport, Illinois, was driving north on County Road OK at 1:08 p.m. when the vehicle went off the road, into the ditch and collided with the embankment.

Houghton was taken to the Monroe Clinic ER for possible injuries, according to the report. The vehicle sustained minor front-end damage and was towed, the sheriff’s department said.

Houghton was arrested on suspicion of third-offense operating a vehicle while intoxicated, operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock device, open intoxicants, criminal operating after revocation and expired registration, according to the report. He was also arrested on a Rock County warrant for failure to appear in an OWI third-offense causing injury.

The Green County Sheriff’s Department said it wasn’t known whether Houghton was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash or whether he had insurance. The air bag did not deploy.