Archive for the ‘arrest’ tag
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.
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.
December 26th, 2013 at 3:19 pm
Franklin Jackson, 46, of League City Texas, faces a “slew of charges after he drove away from the scene of a drunken wreck in Chicago—but didn’t know his 4-year-old son had been ejected from the backseat during the crash and died,” according to the New York Daily News. His wife and other children were in the car while Jackson was driving on the Dan Ryan Expressway when he “suddenly lost control of his SUV and slammed into a guardrail twice.” Neither he nor the mother of the children noticed that not all kids were in the backseat, and the allegedly drunk Jackson “continued down the road until he pulled into a gas station a few blocks away to check on the damage to the gray Ford Expedition.”
It was only then that he and the rest of his family noticed the hole in the back window through which his oldest son, Franklin Jackson Jr., had flown. They immediately turned the SUV around to go look for the boy and arrived just as police were responding to the scene. “Authorities said they found the child unresponsive in a grassy embankment alongside the highway,” according to the New York Daily News. He was immediately rushed to the hospital but could not be saved. Neither his other children, a 3-month-old, and two others, aged 1 and 2, nor Jackson’s wife were injured in the accident.
Police, however, found an empty bottle of vodka and several empty beer cans in the SUV upon investigation. The father was held on $250,000 bail and is facing charges of reckless homicide and aggravated DUI.
According to LawInfo.com, although Jackson is a legal resident of Texas, the trial for the accident in which his son was killed will likely take place in Illinois. Even if you are not a resident of the state in which you were arrested, that state has the right to prosecute you for your offense. “It is important to know that you cannot simply return to your home state and ignore the charges from the other state. The states and territories of the United States are required by the U.S. Constitution to render suspects o the request of another state,” reports LawInfo.com.
If you or someone you know is arrested on charges of DUI in Chicago, the importance of experienced legal counsel cannot be overstated. Contact the Law Offices of Ramsell & Associates Attorneys at Law today.
September 21st, 2013 at 9:18 pm
Jill Beebe, 42, of South Elgin, was charged in mid-September for operating a school bus under the influence of alcohol, according to the Chicago Tribune. Beebe’s bond was set at $100,000 after a school employee smelled alcohol on her breath when letting students off at a West Chicago school. “The school district contacted the bus company that employs Beebe, which ordered her to stop operating the bus,” the Tribune reports. “A police officer arrived and administered field sobriety tests and then arrested the driver,” according to a news release cited by the Tribune. Getting behind the wheel of a school bus while intoxicated carries an even higher punishment than behind the wheel of a car. According to the Tribune, Beebe is now facing charges of Aggravated DUI, which is a felony, punishable of up to three years in prison.
The number of incidents involving school bus drivers operating the vehicle while intoxicated has risen in recent years, or at least garnered more media attention than in decades past. In fact, earlier this year a bill was proposed in New York state that would “greatly expand random drug and alcohol testing for school bus drivers while also imposing stronger penalties on intoxicated school bus drivers,” according to School Transportation News. The bill came after at least four incidents were reported in New York involving school bus drivers who were arrested for DUI, “including a much-publicized incident when the driver crashed his bus into a Syosset home while transporting five young students,” reports School Transportation News.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and reported in the 2013 Illinois DUI Fact Book, “an average of one alcohol-impaired driving fatality occurs every 53 minutes.” In Beebe’s instance the driver was apprehended before any accident occurred, but operating a school bus (or transporting any child under the age of 16) is considered an automatic Aggravated DUI charge regardless if anyone was injured or not.
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