The Shetland pony that sheriff's police said was struck by a drunk ATV rider early Sunday had to be put down due to its injuries.
The pony, named Dory, had escaped from its corral and was standing on Brisbin Road near Helmar Road about 3 a.m., police said. Quintin Wissmiller, 33, of the 11500 block of Brisbin Road, was driving a Polaris Ranger ATV when he struck the pony, the news release stated.
Wissmiller was charged with driving under the influence and driving with a revoked driver’s license, police said. Paramedics took him to Morris Hospital, where police released him on his own recognizance due to his injuries.
This isn't Wissmiller's first drunken driving arrest. He pleaded guilty to felony aggravated driving under the influnce in September 2009 and was sentenced to 30 months of probation and two months in jail, Kendall County court records show.
Kendall County State's Attorney Eric Weis said his office was reviewing the case, as well as Wissmiller's prior cases, on Monday afternoon. Charges could be upgraded.
The ATV accident happened southeast of Yorkville near Plattville.
Editor's note: This article was updated about 3:15 p.m. Monday with information about Wissmiller's court record.