A recent early morning traffic stop ended in a woman's arrest. Illinois police charged the driver for drunk driving along with several other charges, including speeding and improper lane usage. She was apparently visiting Illinois from her home state.
A patrol officer claims that he spotted a speeding vehicle shortly before 4 a.m. and initiated a traffic stop. Apparently under the impression that she might be intoxicated, the attending officers requested that the 27-year-old driver participate in a roadside sobriety test. However, the tests were never completed, as officers claimed that she had trouble maintaining her balance and that they were worried about her safety. She was then arrested.
The driver refused to submit to a Breathalyzer test after she was taken to an area police station. She was subsequently charged with a DUI, improper lane usage and speeding, and was also given numerous traffic citations. Police issued a statement that the driver was traveling from another state to visit an aunt. They also claim that she admitted to drinking vodka straight from the bottle while still behind the wheel of her vehicle, and did so before she crossed the state line into Illinois.
Drunk driving charges are taken seriously in Illinois, and the penalties under conviction are harsh. Many drivers lose their licenses and go on to face jail time and/or pay steep fines. Compared to other criminal charges, DUI allegations tend to move forward quickly, making prompt action a good idea for those accused of driving while under the influence of alcohol.
Source: La Grange, IL Patch, "Drunk Driver Admits To Drinking Straight From Vodka Bottle: Cops", Andrea Earnest, Dec. 4, 2017