Archive for the ‘license suspension’ Category
January 14th, 2014 at 8:10 pm
In 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.
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October 8th, 2013 at 12:43 pm
Georgi Grigorov, 34, of Arlington Heights, was “arrested for drunk driving after having six prior DUI convictions under five different aliases” and bond was set at $500,000 in late September, according to the Chicago Tribune. Grigorov was charged with “aggravated driving under the influence, aggravated driving with a suspended license, and unlawful possession of fictitious identification.” Assistant State’s Attorney Moe Ahmad made note at the hearing that Grigorov had been convicted of several previous DUIs, four of which were on “bond forfeiture warrants using different names,” according to the Tribune. Though he did indeed give a false identification card when pulled over for the most recent DUI, police “learned his real identity when they ran his fingerprints through a criminal database,” Ahmad told the Tribune.
Grigorov was driving a BMW when he was arrested, and was initially pulled over for traffic violations. He failed filed sobriety tests administered by first responders to the scene, and refused to take a breath test. Refusal to submit to chemical testing in Illinois results in automatic suspension of driving privileges for 12 months, according to the Illinois DUI Factbook 2013. The Factbook states that, “in 2011, 92 percent of drivers arrested for DUI who refused to submit to or failed chemical testing lost their driving privileges.” Unlike Grigorov’s case, the vast majority of people who refused to submit to chemical testing (85 percent) were first-time DUI offenders.
The lion’s share of people using fake identification cards (such as the one Grigorov used) are teenagers seeking to buy booze illegally, but the punishment is the same across the board. According to NBC Local Chicago, using a fake ID is a class 4 felony in Illinois, punishable by serious jail time. For Grigorov, of course, the fake ID is the least of his worries when compared to the myriad of other very serious charges he’s facing.
September 17th, 2013 at 2:37 pm
Most of the time the prosecution has to fight for a DUI conviction. Not so, in one Ohio case in which a man who could have otherwise walked free made a shocking video confession to DUI. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, in a 3½ minute video posted in mid-September, “Matthew Cordle admitted he killed a man from a Columbus suburb and said he ‘made a mistake’ when he decided to drive that night.” The accident occurred on June 22 of this year, and Vincent Canzani was the victim of the incident. Cordle, from a different Columbus suburb, is “being charged with aggravated vehicular homicide,” a felony charge, and also a “misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol,” according to the Sun-Times. Since it’s been posted on YouTube, Cordle’s confession has garnered more than 1.7 million times. “He ends the video by pleading with viewers not to drink and drive,” states the Sun-Times.
According to a publication issued by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), “drunk driving is the most frequently committed violent crime in the United States.” Half a million people are injured and thousands killed by drunk drivers each year. According to MADD, more than 8 percent of the American population has a problem with alcohol, and more than half of American adults have a close family member who is or has been an alcoholic. About a quarter of American children are exposed to alcohol abuse or dependence in their family, reports MADD.
The penalties for DUI in Illinois are strict. The first DUI conviction, according to the Illinois State Police Department, can carry a minimum of one-year loss of full driving privileges, a possible imprisonment of up to one year, and a fine of up to $2,500. And that’s just for a DUI—not counting if anyone was injured or killed. In any accident in which great bodily harm was incurred, the drunk driver can be slapped with an Aggravated DUI charge, such as the one Cordle is facing. Aggravated DUI is a Class 4 felony.
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