A college student was driving home late on a Friday night from the library. He knew he had a broken taillight, so he was driving as carefully as he could. Still, he attracted the attention of a member of the local law enforcement community, who pulled over his vehicle to conduct a sobriety check.
The officer noticed a strange lump in the driver’s pocket and upon being asked what was in there, the young man told the officer that he was an amateur magician and a juggler (which explained the “JUGGLER” license plate on the car). In order to demonstrate to the officer that he was not inebriated, he performed a juggling routine, which was caught on the officer’s squad camera. The officer was indeed satisfied by the performance, and let the young man go without issuing a citation. When asked about it later, the officer admitted that it was the most fun he ever had on a traffic stop.
A 23 year old man was recently arrested in Lincolnshire, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, and according to news reports was charged with two counts of Aggravated DUI, a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia, and a misdemeanor charge of Driving with a Revoked License. The offense of Aggravated DUI is a felony, and depending upon one’s record, the penalties can range from a Class 4 Felony, all the way up to Class X Felony, for which probation is not even an option.
In a tragic incident, a nine year old girl died in a car crash. She was a passenger in her parent’s minivan, being driven by her mother, when a Cadillac veered head on into their lane. The mother attempted to evade the accident by swerving in the other direction, but the Cadillac struck the side of the car where the young girl was sitting, and now she is dead. Two of her young friends, also riding in the minivan, were injured with non-life-threatening injuries. Immediately after the crash, the driver of the Cadillac, according to witnesses, fled from the scene on foot. Armed with the wanted offender’s description from the witnesses, police were able to locate and arrest the alleged driver, a 25 year old man from Aurora.
Some would say that you should be on your best behavior when getting pulled over by the police, especially if the potential charge is DUI. But a woman from the Chicago suburb of Cicero did not follow this advice. As a matter of fact, when the car was slow to leave a red light, going slower than the posted minimum speed, and straddling the lanes, the police stopped the car. Since there was a strong smell of alcohol, the officer asked the driver to do some field sobriety tests. According to police, she failed these and was then told she was being arrested. She refused the breathalyzer, and then proceeded to verbally abuse the arresting officer. This was also followed by name dropping of other officers in her community that she was friends with. After a detour to a hospital to check out a previous shoulder injury she complained about, she was booked. While attempting to take her mug shot, she performed vulgar hand gestures, ultimately being captured on film giving police the middle finger. According to police, she then spit and vomited. Read the rest »
It’s every American’s right to put a hood ornament on their car if they choose to do so. It’s certainly not against the law even if it’s big, ugly, or tasteless. It can even light up if that’s your thing. But there are limits. Late on a recent Saturday night, a tree was seen driving the streets of Roselle. More accurately, the tree was embedded in the front end of a car which was driving the streets. This enormous wooden hood ornament was about 15 feet tall. The Roselle Police Department posted the pictures on their Facebook page which have since gone viral. And with good reason, as it was quite a site.
The scene was witnessed by another driver on the road who contacted police. The police then stopped the vehicle. The Schaumburg woman driving the tree-impaled car said that she hit the tree while driving in Schaumburg, but didn’t know where. She then proceeded to drive with the tree sticking out of the front end of her car until she got to the neighboring city of Roselle, where she was pulled over. Read the rest »
There’s bad luck – and then there’s really bad luck. The majority of drunk driving arrests in Chicago and surrounding cities involve a driver who gets pulled over due to erratic or unsafe driving like improper lane usage. Many times, the police are dispatched to the scene as a result of a car crash. A recent arrest in the city of Volo involved a driver who unfortunately crashed into the back of a parked Lake County Sheriff’s squad car.
The squad was on the side of the road investing another incident. As a result of the accident, the driver and Sheriff’s Police officer were injured. Both were transported to Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington for treatment of their injuries. According to police, the squad had its emergency lights activated at the time of the crash. The driver was arrested and charged with having no insurance, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving under the influence of drugs. Read the rest »
For many years, the Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) has been required in Illinois for certain drivers who have lost their licenses due to a DUI conviction, a refusal to blow into the Breath Alcohol Machine or a result of .08 or greater. This device, which is attached to the driver’s vehicle, prevents the driver from starting the car if a certain level of alcohol is present in the person’s breath. But other than drivers charged with a DUI, there has never before been a push to place such a device into the cars of drivers who have never been arrested for drunk driving.
Just days ago, the Chicago Police announced yet another “Roadside Safety Check” intended to catch and arrest drunk drivers. A roadside check is an opportunity for the police to set up road blocks and stop cars that pass by. Sometimes such a roadblock will involve stopping every single car, while other times the police will stop every red car or every third car, etc. Usually the advertised purpose of these roadside checks is to make sure that all drivers are operating cars that are in working order with windshields that aren’t cracked and functioning tail lights, headlights and turn signals. But the true purpose is generally to weed out drunk drivers and other drivers with more serious offenses such as those driving with suspended or revoked licenses.