Archive for the ‘Drunk Driving Accidents’ Category

Man Charged with DUI after Slamming into Cop Car

January 23rd, 2014 at 10:41 am

Alex Tapia-Aguilar, 34, of Round Lake, was charged with drunken driving and arrested after slamming into a police car while intoxicated, according to the Chicago Tribune. Tapia-Aguilar was driving on the wrong side of the road when he hit the squad car, and injured a police officer in the process. He is now facing “two counts each of aggravated driving under the influence and DUI,” according to the Chicago Tribune. “After the crash, the officer had to climb out of his window to stop Tapia-Aguilar because of the extent of the damage to his vehicle,” the Tribune reports. The officer was taken to Vista Health System, treated for his injuries, and released. Tapia-Aguilar refused medical help at the scene.

DUI Police Crash IMAGEDamage to both cars was extensive, the Tribune reports. It isn’t clear if sobriety tests were administered immediately following the crash, but Tapia-Aguilar told police that “he thought the car might have been delivering papers,” according to the Tribune. Tapia-Aguilar was also “charged with driving without a valid driver’s license, driving without insurance, improper lane usage, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and criminal damage to state-supported property,” the Tribune reports.

Aggravated DUI carries a heavier punishment than DUI, according to the 2014 Illinois DUI Factbook. “Any mandatory term of imprisonment or community service is not subject to suspension or reduction,” the Factbook states. An aggravated DUI can apply to a number of different scenarios including (but not limited to):

  • A third or subsequent DUI
  • DUI committed while driving a school bus carrying one or more persons age 18 or younger
  • DUI resulting in great bodily harm
  • DUI committed without a valid license
  • DUI committed without car insurance
  • DUI committed after a previous conviction for reckless homicide while DUI
  • DUI resulting in death

Illinois is a Zero Tolerance state, which means that if you’re pulled over and your BAC measures .01 or greater you can be ticketed. To have a BAC of .01 a normal adult of any weight needs only to consume one drink in an hour.

If you or someone you know has been charged with DUI in Chicago, don’t go through it alone. Contact Ramsell & Associates today.

 

CBS Reporter Arrested for DUI to Challenge Suspension

January 14th, 2014 at 8:10 pm

CBS Reporter Arrested For DUI To Challenge SuspensionIn early January CBS 2 Chicago reporter Dave Savini was arrested for DUI, misdemeanor battery charges, and endangering the life of a child after he left the scene of a traffic accident, according to the Daily Herald. The accident occurred in the parking lot of a Naperville Taco Bell. “The driver of the other vehicle told police that he wanted to report the collision to police,” the Daily Herald reports, “but Savini refused.” The driver took a photo of Savini’s license plate, which is how authorities were able to prove his involvement in the incident.

When he was arrested, “Savini had two children under age 18 in the car, hence the endangering charge,” according to the Daily Herald. He was released on $3,000 bond “shortly after 4am on the charges, which include a misdemeanor hit-and-run charge.”

In the days that followed his arrest, according to the Chicago Tribune, it was announced that Savini “will legally challenge the suspension of his driving privileges following his weekend arrest for driving under the influence.” When arrested, the Tribune reports, Savini’s blood alcohol level was .134, nearly twice the legal limit. It is suspected that the two teenagers in Savini’s car were his children, according to the Tribune. “According to court documents, Savini had the odor of alcohol on his breath and he had bloodshot, glassy eyes,” the Tribune reports. He is expected to appear in court on January 21.

According to the 2013 Illinois DUI Fact Book, a publication of the State Attorney General’s office, suspension of a driver’s license is standard procedure following a DUI arrest. If it is a person’s first arrest for DUI and he or she tests positive for an illegal blood alcohol level, “a statutory summary suspension provides for the automatic suspension of driving privileges” for six months.

If you or someone you know has been charged with DUI, the most important first step is to contact a DUI attorney. Don’t go through it alone. Contact the Law Offices of Ramsell & Associates today.

Man Charged in Christmas DUI Crash That Killed Daughter

December 30th, 2013 at 7:26 pm

Drinking and DrivingJeffrey Smith, 26, of South Wolcott Avenue, has been charged in a drunk driving Christmas Eve crash that killed his 8-year-old daughter. According to the Chicago Tribune. Smith, who was driving a Chevrolet sedan, struck a curb and then rammed into a tree. His daughter, Lauren, was “trapped in the car when it rolled over on its side,” the Tribune reports. Her father was also critically injured and as of December 27 was still in the hospital. Regardless, Smith was “charged with a felony count of aggravated DUI and was also cited for negligent driving, failure to reduce speed and failure to adhere to child restraint regulations,” according to the Chicago Tribune.

Lauren’s mother, Loressa Hall, was skeptical that Lauren’s father was drunk at the time of the accident, telling the Tribune that Smith is a devoted father “who she believes would not have had more than a single drink,” knowing that he’d have to drive Lauren. Police say that it is doubtful that Lauren had been wearing seatbelt at the time of the crash. According to a different Tribune article, the “3rd grader was looking forward to opening presents, especially a karaoke machine, as she returned from a Christmas Eve family dinner in the south suburbs.” They were on their way to Lauren’s grandmother’s house at the time of the crash. “Firefighters freed Lauren in 20 minutes” from the mangled car, reports the Tribune, “but their efforts to save her life were unsuccessful.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and reported by LifeSafer.com, “data shows that the daily death toll from drunk driving during the holiday season is significantly more than the rest of the year.” Between 2001 and 2005, for example, there were an average of 36 deaths per day resulting from an alcohol-related crash. “That number increases to 45 per day during the Christmas period and jumps to 54 per day over New Year’s holiday,” according to LifeSafer.com.

If you or someone you know has been accused of DUI or involved in a DUI crash in Chicago, the most important first step is to seek legal counsel. Don’t go through it alone. Contact Ramsell & Associates, Attorneys at Law today.

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