Archive for November, 2012

Aggravated DUI Charges Filed for Fatal Crash

November 28th, 2012 at 10:57 pm

A Far South Side man is facing charges after crashing his sports utility vehicle into a pickup truck, leading to the death of the pickup’s driver. The driver of the SUV was charged with aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol, Illinois State Police said. The Chicago Tribune reported a story on the case.

Tyrone Allen Stokes, 42, faces aggravated DUI charges in the death of a 21-year-old Phillip Briner of Crown point, Indiana. Stokes crashed his SUV into a pickup truck on the Dan Ryan Expressway on November 10. The victim, Briner, was identified by the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Stokes’ bail was set at $450,000 at the Cook County Bond Court hearing.

Stokes drove a red 2002 GMC, and after the crash, he cooperated with the police and did standard field sobriety tests at the scene. His blood-alcohol level was measured at 0.106, which is more than the legal limit of 0.08, police reports said.

Both cars were heading south on the expressway when Stokes went from the far-right lane to the far-left lane, smashing into Briner’s truck. Witnesses said the trucks first hit the left wall and then the right wall before coming to a stop. An autopsy confirmed that Briner died of injuries from the crash.

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Woman Accused of Hit and Run while Intoxicated

November 24th, 2012 at 12:33 pm

A 32 year old Illinois woman is accused of driving under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of a traffic accident, and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.  She is accused of hit-and-run with a house.

On October 27, 2012, at approximately 10:40p.m., the Madison County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a Madison, WI resident that a white car had hit their home and then had driven away. The house was located at 1100 block of Williamson Street. When deputies arrived at the scene, they found the damage to the house from where it had been hit by the vehicle. There were several witnesses at the scene who told the deputies that the driver had fled the scene by heading towards Staunton.

Staunton police were notified and located a vehicle identified as a white Nissan Maxima that had damage consistent with being in a recent accident. It was locates on Old Route 66 at Reservoir Road. A Madison deputy was then dispatched to the location of the vehicle.

According KSDK, Bess Kellebrew, of Livingston IL, was identified by the deputy as the driver of the vehicle. According to police reports, Kellebrew showed signs of being intoxicated and failed a field sobriety test. Her face also had injuries consistent with being in an accident. Kellebrew was taken to the Madison County Jail and held on $100 bond.

There could be several extenuating circumstances in this case to make it appear that the alleged defendant was responsible for this accident. But there may also be evidence to suggest she wasn’t. If you find yourself arrested and accused of DUI, you need the experience of a qualified DUI attorney to defend you.

Diamond Taylor Arrested On a DUI Charge

November 21st, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Ever hear the saying “diamonds are a girl’s best friend?” Well, in this case the old proverb might far from the truth, as Southern Illinois Guard Diamond Taylor was arrested on DUI charges, which led to a suspension from the Southern Illinois Salukis. reported a story about this diamond in the rough.

Taylor was arrested in September 2012 on DUI charges, which led to coach Barry Hinson placing Taylor under indefinite suspension from the Southern Illinois Salukis. Hinson said in the school’s release about the matter that he is extremely disappointed in Diamond. “We’re in the business of educating student-athletes and teaching them how to conduct themselves on and off court, and this is a significant setback,” Hinson continued.

The coach said he met with Diamond and issued a challenge to him to become a first-class student and resident for Carbondale, and how the situation develops would be up to Diamond and it would determine his status in the team. Taylor was in the starting line-up for nine games last season. He is a junior from Bollingbrook, Illinois, and he played at Wisconsin before he transferred to Southern Illinois University.

The circumstances of Taylor’s DUI are unclear to us, so we cannot comment on the case ourselves. But if you are facing DUI charges in the state of Illinois, our experienced drunk driving attorneys can provide you with dedicated help on your case. We wrote the book on Illinois DUI, so when you need help with an Illinois drunk driving charge, contact our offices.

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