Archive for September, 2012

Aggravated DUI Driver On Heroin, Cocaine, and Codeine

September 26th, 2012 at 4:44 pm

A 19-year-old woman was inhaling a cleaning agent before she crashed her car in Palatine, the authorities said. The young driver was also under the influence of heroin, cocaine, and codeine at the time, according to prosecutors. The woman is being charged with aggravated DUI.

Karli Casey, 19, has been in the Cook County Jail since April. Police said Casey was high on an aerosol keyboard cleaner when she crashed her car into another vehicle. Experts say an aerosol cleaning product provides a cheap high, according to the story about the case in the Chicago Tribune.

In addition to Casey, four other people were injured in the crash. An elderly woman in the other car has been hospitalized since the accident. Casey’s court appearance was a day after charges were brought on another young driver who inhaled a cleaning product.

The same news story mentioned a case our blog discussed earlier. Carly Rousso, 18, drove her car immediately after inhaling a computer dust-cleaning product, officials said. Rousso’s alleged DUI ended up with the death of a five-year-old girl. Rousso was released from Lake County jail after posting the required portion of her $500,000 bond.

This new phenomenon of huffing cleaning products is quickly becoming prominent in the news because of the car crashes where a possible connection exists.

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Highland Park Teen Charged With Felonies

September 23rd, 2012 at 9:51 pm

We posted earlier about a Highland Park teen driving over a family and killing a 5-year-old girl. The teen has now been charged for the accident, with one count of reckless homicide and four counts of aggravated driving under the influence of an intoxicating compound. The Chicago Tribune has the full story.

Prosecutors say Carly Rousso, 18, inhaled computer dust cleaner immediately before she allegedly drove onto a sidewalk and hit a family on Labor Day. Rousso faces a maximum of 26 years in prison if she is convicted of all her charges, according to Assistant State’s Attorney Ken LaRue

Lake County Circuit Court Judge Raymond Collins set Rousso’s bail at $500,000 after she surrendered.

According to LaRue, investigators believe that Rousso had inhaled the substance right before the crash. Before the results came in for the laboratory tests, Rousso had been charged with a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of an intoxicating compound.

The test results indicated that Rousso’s blood sample contained Difluoroethane, and  the substance matched a cleaning product she had in the vehicle. Prosecutors believe she was impaired before the crash happened. The vehicle Rousso was driving when she struck a family of four was registered to her father.

The mother and her two boys have been released from the hospital, but her five-year-old daughter died in the crash.

The charges Rousso is facing are very serious, so she will need a skilled lawyer for her case. If you are facing DUI charges, make sure you also have a knowledgeable drunk driving lawyer on your side. Contact our experienced Illinois DUI attorneys today.

Woman Driver Suspected of DUI Caused Three Accidents

September 20th, 2012 at 4:57 am

A woman from Downers Grove, Allison Smolinski, has been charged in connection to three separate accidents which occurred on the same night last winter.  Yet, this is not the first time that Smolinski has made her way through the legal system.  When she crashed her car into a house on January 10, she was on parole for a burglary conviction in Kane County from 2007.  She had received 30 months of probation after being placed in a pre-trial diversion program and filing a plea agreement.  Also she was incarcerated for a time when she broke her parole agreement.

On that winter’s night, Smolinski was drunk driving and ran her car into a Wheaton family’s living room near the intersection of Farnham Road and Huntleigh Court.  Luckily, no one was in the room at the time of the accident so no one was hurt.  Most of the family was watching the television in a different room.  Smolinski’s neck was injured when her 1997 Nissan Pathfinder ricocheted off of a tree and into the house and was ejected from the vehicle.  Her passenger, a 27-year-old man, suffered a gash to his head.

Before this accident occurred, Smolinski was linked to at least two other accidents, if not more.  She crashed into a car on highway 290 near Addison, as well as another car on Blanchard Street in Wheaton.  Although hearsay, Smolinski might also be linked to a rollover crash on I-355, some witnesses have reported.  These accidents all occurred within an hour of each other on January 10th.  All the evidence against her resulted in a felony charge of aggravated DUI causing great bodily harm, leaving the scene of an accident, property damage, and driving too fast for conditions.

Judge George J. Bakalis mandated that Smolinski should serve at least 85 percent of a 3 year sentence for her crimes.  DUI crimes are judged very harshly, especially for people who are multiple offenders.  Don’t wait to reach out for help if you find yourself in a similar position.  Contact an experienced DUI defense attorney in DuPage County to consult with you about your case and start building your defense today.

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