BOLINGBROOK – DuPage Township Trustee Dennis Raga, 46, was arrested in Thursday morning on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol, Bolingbrook police said.
About 12:01 a.m., officers observed a black SUV in the 600 block of Derbyshire Lane almost hit another vehicle in the roadway. Officers pulled over the vehicle and identified Raga as the driver, Bolingbrook Police Department spokesman Lieutenant Anthony Columbus said.
The officers smelled a “strong odor” of alcohol on Raga’s breath and suspected he was under the influence, police said. The administered a field sobriety test, which also indicated Raga was under the influence, police said. Officers placed Raga under arrest at 12:33 a.m. He was processed and later released on bond.
Raga was appointed to the DuPage Township Board of Trustees in December 2016, according to his biography on the township’s website. He also serves as a trustee on the Fountaindale Public Library Board and is a precinct committeeman for DuPage Township District 5.
Raga also was one of three DuPage Township trustees named in a lawsuit that a former township employee, Linda Youngs, filed. Youngs claims in her lawsuit that Raga and two other trustees, Alyssia Benford and Maripat Oliver, violated the Open Meetings Act by taking action in secret to terminate her employment at a March 27 board meeting.