Archive for November, 2012
November 19th, 2012 at 7:33 am
Chicago saw an interesting case of driving under the influence, when an elderly man stole an ambulance to drive himself home. Two days later, another allegedly drunk driver drove on the wrong side of the Edens Expressway for several miles. Police caught the driver in both of these unexpeced scenarios.
WGNtv.com reported a story on the theft of the ambulance. The ambulance, which belonged to the Cicero Fire Department, was stolen by a 77-year-old man who had been kicked out of MacNeal hospital. John Neal, who was reportedly drunk and angry, got in the ambulance and drove off, without letting the fact that he does not have a license stop him.
Neal was arrested for his stunt, and a judge released him on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.
WGNtv.com also did a story on the wrong-way driver on Edens Expressway. The driver was on the wrong side of the expressway for 11 miles, but managed to avoid hitting any other vehicles.
Police received at least 15 calls about the driver who persistently drove his SUV on the wrong side, until police were able to force the driver to stop and take him into custody. Police suspect the driver was intoxicated, but no subsequent information has been released on the matter.
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November 16th, 2012 at 7:29 am
A Fisher man, who was already on parole for fatally shooting his friend in 2008 while drunk, has been charged in Champaign County Circuit Court with driving under the influence and harassment. According to a story in The News-Gazette, the man had been drinking in three different bars before driving drunk and causing damage to other people’s vehicles as well.
Randall Huffstutler, 41, was arrested for allegedly using his own truck for ramming a jeep, which he had borrowed to a female coworker, at the home of the woman.
According to State’s Attorney Julia Rietz, Huffstutler had loaned his Jeep to the woman, after which he called the woman more than once and made threats. Among the threats was that Huffstutler would run his truck into the woman’s house.
A police officer was at the woman’s house when Huffstutler arrived. He had open beer in his truck, the front bumper was dented and had purple paint on it, and he smelled of alcohol and seemed intoxicated. The police officer arrested Huffstutler for driving under the influence.
A neighbor had earlier heard what sounded like a car crash, and he could also see that there was damage to a door of a purple Jeep in the driveway. There were tire marks in the grass and a license plate on the ground. The license plate was registered to Huffstutler.
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November 12th, 2012 at 7:26 am
The long list of movie stars, athletes and other celebrities who have been caught behind the wheel with alcohol or drugs in their system has had another inductee from former White Sox catcher Carlton Fisk. Fisk’s entry to the DUI hall of fame came to be when the man was found in the middle of a New Lenox cornfield, passed out behind the steering wheel. WGNtv.com published a story on the surprising case.
Bob Pawlisz, the New Lenox Deputy Chief, said that officers who arrived at the scene contacted local paramedics, had them examine Fisk, and came to the conclusion that he had been drinking and was intoxicated. Fisk was taken to a hospital in the area and charged with a lane violation, driving while intoxicated, and illegal transportation of alcohol. Police found an open container of alcohol in Fisk’s car.
According to Pawlisz, Fisk was cited for the incident, and he posted bond for $300 before being released. Fisk is scheduled to appear in the Will County Courthouse on November 29.
Fisk retired from baseball in 1993, and in 2000, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
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