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East Chicago man facing drug charges following search of car

Law enforcement officials routinely receive information from a  variety of sources in Illinois. They follow up on the tips given and, in some situations, make arrests following their investigations. Recently, a man was arrested in East Chicago on drug charges after police allegedly discovered marijuana in his car.

According to police, residents of an apartment complex had complained about a marijuana odor coming from one of the units in the building. Officers discovered that there was a truck registered to an occupant of the unit in question parked outside. During their investigation, police evidently saw a man take a backpack from the truck, then leave the complex in another vehicle.

3 men facing drug charges following traffic stop

Law enforcement agencies in Illinois and elsewhere around the nation frequently work together to investigate supposed drug operations. Some of these investigations may span several months or even years. Three men currently face several drug charges following a multi-agency operation in Christian County.

According to the Christian County Sheriff's Office, a 22-year-old man and two 25-year-old men were arrested on drug trafficking charges. The men were evidently under surveillance by the Central Illinois Enforcement Group, a task force comprised of numerous agencies. When the men were stopped for a traffic violation, officers allegedly discovered methamphetamine in their car. Reports show that over half a pound, 259 grams, of meth was seized during the stop.

Man in Illinois arrested for suspected drunk driving

A 44-year-old man is currently in custody following his arrest for suspected DUI. Illinois police in Decatur arrested the man, who is now being charged with aggravated drunk driving. He is currently being held in lieu of $15,000 bond; if he manages to post bail, he will be ordered by the court not to consume any alcohol as a condition of his release pending further court proceedings. 

According to reports from police in Macon County, the man allegedly pulled up to a hospital emergency room around 3:15 p.m. the afternoon of Feb. 3. Witnesses say the man stumbled out of the vehicle and into the waiting room, claiming he had come to pick someone up. Officers were called to the scene to investigate the alleged disturbance. 

To speed or not to speed

Has this ever happened to you? You’re on your way to work when the flashing cop lights come on behind you. The officer raps at your window and asks if you know why he has pulled you over. Rather than admit you were speeding, you venture a guess, “Do I have a broken taillight?” As the officer chuckles on his way back to write up the inevitable speeding ticket, you ponder the injustice of it all.

It was one of those mornings. First, the coffee maker was acting up again, second, the dog had peed on the rug, and third, you couldn’t find the right socks to go with your outfit. With all the morning’s delays, you are nearly ten minutes late getting out the door. And with your morning meeting beginning promptly at 8 a.m., that left you no choice: you had to speed.

Plainfield man facing drunk driving charge following crash

Many thousands of motorists drive on Illinois roads and highways every day as they travel for business or personal reasons. The majority of travelers arrive at their intended destinations without incident. However, many factors can contribute to accidents on the road. A recent multi-car crash left one motorist dead and another facing drunk driving charges.

The Illinois State Police report that four cars were traveling south on an interstate early one morning near Bollingbrook when the crash occurred. Details of the incident are still being investigated by the Crash Reconstruction Unit. However, records show that a 31-year-old man was transported to a local hospital. He was pronounced dead at the facility.

2 arrested on drug charges in Illinois

Police have a variety of different ways to conduct an investigation. However, some methods may not be entirely reliable, such as the use of an informant who may have an ulterior motive for the information provided. Despite this, two people in Illinois have been arrested and face a variety of charges, including drug charges, following an investigation that utilized a confidential informant.

Police claim that the alleged crimes that led to the charges happened on Dec. 18 and Jan. 10. According to reports, an officer stopped a driver in mid-November. That driver claimed he obtained what is believed to have been marijuana and methamphetamine from an apartment connected with one of the people now charged. As a result, police searched the trash at the apartment and claimed they discovered plastic bags believed to have drug residue, cutting agents and drug paraphernalia.

Biking under the influence can have serious consequences

More and more people are taking it to the streets riding their bicycles to work, for pleasure, a general workout and even journeying on pub crawls – riding with friends and stopping at establishments that serve alcohol.

The last scenario brings to light the issue of biking under the influence (BUI). The dangers a drunken bicyclist creates may be similar to someone driving a motor vehicle, namely that they create a danger to themselves, other bicyclists, pedestrians and motor vehicle drivers.

Appeals court rules drunk driving testing law unconstitutional

The law is not a fixed object incapable of change, and as years go on many new laws are implemented while others are struck down. An Illinois court recently ruled that a current DUI law is unconstitutional, which ultimately led to the reversal of one man's conviction. This change could also have implications for individuals accused of drunk driving in the future.

The Illinois appellate court case revolved around a man's conviction for first-degree murder, which landed him with a 40-year prison sentence. The man was involved in a car accident that caused the death of another person. After his arrest, he refused to submit to urine or blood samples, but police insisted that state law gave them permission to do so regardless of his objections. Police then waited three hours and did not bother asking for a warrant before they forced him to provide both urine and blood samples.

Illinois man facing drug charges after traffic stop

An Illinois man is facing several serious criminal charges after a traffic stop with Illinois police. With the help of a drug dog, police claim they found drugs and weapons inside of his vehicle, which led to his arrest and subsequent drug charges. Although his bail was originally set for $150,000, he was able to post $15,000 in cash and was freed.

The traffic stop occurred on Dec. 22, 2017, although it is not clear why the attending officers chose to pull the 28-year-old man over. A police dog was with the officers at the time, and they claim it alerted them to the possible presence of illegal substances. Police searched the car and allegedly found individual bags that may have contained cocaine and methamphetamine. Drug paraphernalia and more possible drugs were found underneath his seat.

Reasons To Request A Restricted Driving Permit

If you had your driver’s license suspended or revoked, you’ve not only had a huge change to your lifestyle; you’re kept from accomplishing the basic things you need to do to have a normal life. There is an option that could get your license back for specific reasons, called a restricted driving permit.

This driving permit also called a hardship license, is requested at a Secretary of State license hearing. Here are some reasons to request a restricted driving permit so you can start living your life again.

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