A Chicago man was sentenced to 20 days in jail for a drunk driving crash on Interstate 90 in McHenry County that left four children injured, including two with serious injuries.
Daniel D. Cotton, 32, of the 8000 block of South Vernon Street in Chicago, was indicted in September 2021 on six counts of aggravated driving under the influence and two counts of aggravated reckless driving.
A grand jury indictment and court documents said that Cotton was driving recklessly around 9:55 p.m. on April 3, 2021, when he caused a crash.
Cotton was also driving under the influence of alcohol, the indictment said.
Four children were injured in the crash, including two who suffered great bodily harm.
The ages of the children were 8, 9, 10 and 13 at the time of the crash.
One of the children suffered a laceration to her spleen and another suffered a dislocated hip.
Illinois State Police troopers with District 15 investigated the crash, which occurred on Interstate 90 eastbound at mile marker 36.8, court records show.
In addition to his criminal charges, police also issued Cotton several citations for having more passengers than seatbelts, failure to reduce speed, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and improper lane usage.
Cotton entered into a negotiated plea deal with the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office on July 13.
He pleaded guilty to aggravated driving under the influence causing bodily harm, a Class 4 felony, in exchange for prosecutors dismissing the rest of his charges.
McHenry County Judge Robert Wilbrandt approved the plea and sentenced Cotton to 20 days in jail and 18 months of probation.
Wilbrandt also ordered Cotton to attend a victim impact panel and high-risk DUI treatment.
Cotton has since been released from the McHenry County Jail after serving six days. He had received day-for-day credit and four days of credit for time previously served as part of his plea deal.