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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.

With Marijuana Legalization Comes Marijuana DUI Laws

January 11th, 2014 at 2:06 pm

On January 1, “Illinois’ medical marijuana pilot program laws officially went into effect, but individuals that would qualify for the state’s program may have to wait another year or more before they’re able to utilize said laws,” reports the Huffington Post. With marijuana legalization laws going into effect in Washington and Colorado states, there has been much discussion about changing DUI laws to specifically limit marijuana. Such legislation was introduced into the Colorado Senate as early as May 2013. The measure, according to a different Huffington Post article, “sets a THC-blood limit for Colorado motorists—a concept which has failed six times in the last three years in the state legislature.” With Marijuana Legalization Comes Marijuana DUI Laws

DUI marijuana bills are hard to pin down, however. “Opponents stay that the 5 nanogram standard is too low for frequent pot smokers, especially medical marijuana patients, who regularly have this level of THC in the bloodstream,” reports the Huffington Post. Legalization of marijuana for medical use, such as the law that just went into effect in Illinois, is usually the first step toward further legalization of the drug. If marijuana is ever legalized in Illinois, there will likely be a DUI law debate similar to the one currently underway in Colorado.

According to the Marijuana Policy Project, Illinois has some of the harshest marijuana penalties in the nation. Drugged driving laws, of course, are necessary—“drugged driving puts at risk not only the driver but also passengers and others who share the road,” according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). According to a National Survey on Drug Use and Health in 2012, “an estimated 10.3 million people aged 12 or older reported driving under the influence of illicit drugs during the year prior to being surveyed.” After alcohol, according to the NIDA, THC (the active ingredient in pot) “is the substance most commonly found in the blood of impaired drivers, and motor vehicle crash victims.”

If you or someone you know has been accused of drugged driving, the most important first step is to seek the counsel of a DUI attorney. Contact the Law Offices of Ramsell & Associates today.

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