Uber driver charged with transporting passenger while intoxicated (West of Elgin )


An Uber driver from Schaumburg faces a felony drunken-driving charge for transporting a passenger while intoxicated in northern Kane County west of Elgin, according to a news release from the Kane County State's Attorney's office.

George M. Karyszyn, Jr., 45, of the 2200 block of Ramsey Circle, is charged with a class 4 felony count of aggravated DUI/vehicle for hire with passenger, a class C misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct/breach of peace and traffic offenses.

At about 5 a.m. Sunday, Karyszyn, while driving his 2017 Ford Explorer on eastbound Plank Road west of Muirhead Road as a vehicle for hire under Uber, was under the influence of alcohol, the release said. A passenger in the vehicle became alarmed and disturbed as a result.

The DUI offense is aggravated because Karyszyn was driving a vehicle for hire, the release said.

A Kane County Sheriff's deputy made the arrest after responding to a call for a well-being check, the release said.

The judge set Karyszyn's bail at $10,000 with 10 percent to apply for bond. He posted bond and was released. As a condition of bond, the judge ordered Karyszyn placed on electronic home monitoring and also ordered him not to consume alcohol.

His next court appearance is June 28 at the Kane County Judicial Center.