Press Release- Fatal Crash Investigation results in Felony DUI Charges December 13, 2019

12/13/2019 12:00:00 AM




 Fatal Crash Investigation results in Felony DUI Charges

December 13, 2019


After a three-week investigation, the McHenry County Sheriff's Office has charged Shawn Brautigam with 3 felony counts of Aggravated DUI.  The charges stem from a November 24, 2019 crash which resulted in the death of 34 year old Woodstock male and serious injury to a 44 year old Wheaton female.

On November 24, 2019 at 2:03 a.m., the McHenry County Sheriff's Office, Woodstock Police, Woodstock Fire/Rescue District, and Wonder Lake Fire/Rescue responded to a single vehicle crash involving a 2019 Toyota Camry that had overturned after crashing into a utility pole and tree on Charles Road west of Queen Anne Road.

Investigations were conducted in cooperation with the McHenry County Sheriff's Office Major Crash Investigation Unit, Winnebago County Coroner's Office, and McHenry County State's Attorney's Office. 

Preliminary investigation revealed Brautigam's blood alcohol content was above the legal limit at the time of the collision and that Brautigam's Illinois license had been suspended for a previous DUI offense.  It is also believed that speed may have been a contributing cause to the crash.

Brautigam is currently detained within the DuPage County Jail (IL) on charges unrelated to this incident.

The investigation continues by the McHenry County Sheriff's Office Major Crash Investigation Unit.


Arrested                                                         Passenger:                    Passenger:

Driver-Shawn Brautigam-Male, 32                    Female, 44                   Charles Akerberg-Male, 34

Wheaton, IL                                                     Wheaton, IL                 Woodstock, IL



Aggravated DUI - Crash resulting in death (Class 2)                          Bond:$100,000

Aggravated DUI - Crash resulting in serious injury (Class 4)             

Aggravated DUI - While license suspended for DUI (Class 4)           Next Court Date:

Driving with suspended license (Class A)                                            December 26, 2019 at 9:00am



The charges against this individual are merely allegations against him.

All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.



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