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Drunken Driver Crashes into Crowd Killing and Injuring Pedestrians

February 25th, 2013 at 12:30 am

LeeviLeroy Bobo, 42, was driving under the influence on a suspended license when he crashed into a group of pedestrians waiting to cross the street, killing one and severely injuring two other people, the Chicago Tribune reported on February 18. Bobo’s blood-alcohol level was twice over the legal limit, and he was charged with multiple counts of aggravated DUI, failure to report a fatal accident and driving on a suspended or revoked license.

A 38-year-old man suffered serious injuries to his head in the crash and was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later, according to court records. A critically injured 32-year-old woman was taken to the Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where she received treatment for bleeding to the brain. The third pedestrian, a 36-year-old woman suffered a fractured hip and was also treated in a hospital.

After escaping the scene of the crash, Bobo continued driving for over a mile but his Chrysler came to a stop when it hit another car that was waiting at a red light. Police found Bobo inside his broken car “continuing to press the accelerator in an attempt to leave that scene as well,” police said. Bobo had bloodshot eyes, his speech was unclear and his breath smelled of alcohol. Blood tests revealed his blood-alcohol content was 0.20 percent, more than double the legal limit of 0.08 percent. Bobo admitted to having drunk three glasses of brandy and smoking marijuana prior to driving.

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French Actor Gerard Depardieu Driving Drunk on Scooter

January 30th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Gerard Depardieu, one of France’s most famous actors, was arrested in December for driving drunk on a scooter, according to a story in the Huffington Post. He was picked off after falling off his scooter in Paris. A field sobriety test was performed on the scene, which Depardieu was unsuccessful in passing. The controversial star was taken to a Paris police station and the Paris prosecutor’s office ordered him detained. Police then escorted him home, but he will have to appear in court to handle the matter, according to the Sipa news agency. No one was hurt in the incident.

Depardieu, 63, has experienced run-ins with the law on several occasions. He made the headlines last year when he was removed from a flight to Dublin for urinating in the aisle of a plane before takeoff. In 1998, he was driving his motorcycle drunk with a blood-alcohol level of five times over the legal limit. He crashed the motorcycle and suffered injuries to his legs and face.

Depardieu, who has over 150 film appearances, has become one of France’s most popular and renowned movie stars. In 1991, he received an Academy Award nomination for his role in the film “Cyrano de Bergerac.”

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Five years in prison for Palatine woman’s huffing DUI

January 11th, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Some months ago, we published a post about a young woman who was facing DUI charges for allegedly inhaling a cleaning product before passing out and injuring two people with her vehicle. The 20-year-old woman received her sentence on January 9, and the Chicago Tribune reported a story on her case.

Karli Casey, 20, was sentenced to 5 years in prison at the Rolling Meadows branch of Cook County Circuit Court, after she pleaded guilty to aggravated driving under the influence of intoxicating compounds.

The judge told Casey that she would need to serve 85 percent of her sentence, with the 257 she has spent in jail since the crash deducted from the sentence. Casey could have received a sentence of up to 12 years in prison, according to the judge in the case.

Casey’s charges were upgraded after her blood tests showed traces of codeine, heroin, and cocaine in her system, according to prosecutors. Her initial charges were from driving after inhaling a cleaning agent, leading to her passing out and striking another vehicle and seriously injuring two people, in addition to injuries to her own passengers.

An 84-year-old woman, who was a passenger in the other car, spent months in a hospital after the crash.

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