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Two DUIs, One Crash

August 18th, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Neither driver should have been on the road one Saturday morning early in August, according to Chicago CBS Local. After a grisly accident on the Stevenson Expressway, both drivers involved in the crash were charged with DUI. “It’s rare for both drivers in an accident to be charged with DUI,” reports Chicago CBS Local. “Illinois State Police tell CBS that one-half of that duo, a female driver, is in stable condition.” The woman is 21-year-old Megan Bargardo, whose grey Mercury Sable stalled in the middle of the highway when she was driving home after a night out. It was about midnight when her Sable was rear-ended by a Scion, piloted by 24-year-old Anthony Hornburg. According to CBS, the accident, in which a 24-year-old passenger from Bargardo’s vehicle was seriously injured, “tied up traffic on I-55 for nearly four hours as cars traffic was reduced to one lane.” There were four passengers in these cars affected in total by the crash. There is still no resolution as to why the Sable was stalled in the middle of the expressway, according to CBS Local.  Two DUIs, One Crash IMAGE

Both young people were of legal drinking age, but still in the bracket in which drunk driving is a serious threat, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) statistics. “In fatal crashes in 2010, the highest percentage of drunk drivers was for drivers ages 21 to 24 (34 percent), followed by ages 25 to 34 (30 percent) and 35 to 44 (25 percent),” according to MADD. Females were about half as likely to drive under the influence, according to MADD statistics, and about 30 percent of all drivers arrested or convicted of a DUI had been previously convicted or charged with DUI.

In Illinois, according to the Illinois State Police, DUI conviction penalties increase with the number of DUIs that the driver has incurred. For the first DUI conviction, there’s a “minimum of one-year loss of full driving privileges; possible imprisonment for up to one year; and a maximum fine of $2,500.”

If you or someone you know has been accused or charged with DUI, don’t go through it alone. Contact an experienced DUI attorney today.

Off-Duty Officer Driving Drunk, Carrying A Firearm

August 23rd, 2012 at 10:34 pm

Kenosha News reported a story about an off-duty police officer driving under the influence and crashing his car into a tree. D. Nicholas, 24, allegedly drove off the road into a ditch, smashed into a mailbox, and hit a tree in the front yard of a residential building. Nicholas, an Illinois man, was driving in Kenosha when the incident took place.

Nicholas’ accident took place around 12:45 a.m., and when officers responded to the scene, they found a black Dodge Ram against a large tree, with Nicholas stumbling around outside and the airbags deployed inside the car. The reports said part of the tree was knocked down, and the car had notable damages in the front. Nicholas’ breath had smelled like alcohol, and he had refused medical treatment, said one of the officers.

Nicholas was carrying a .380 pistol, and he told the officers he is a police officer in Illinois. He could not, however, provide them with his badge. After Nicholas had failed field sobriety tests, the officers had asked him to do a preliminary breath test which he then refused. He had said he does not want to fight the nurses, but would not give a blood sample either. Nicholas was arrested for drunk driving, but was not charged for being armed while intoxicated.

In addition to being a police officer, Nicholas is also a member of the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists. According to ”Top Cop” statistics on the alliance’s website, Nicholas had made 12 DUI arrests in 2010.

This story is a perfect example of the fact that everyone makes mistakes. If you made a mistake similar to Nicholas’, and you are now facing DUI charges, make sure you have an experienced legal professional to help you. Get the best DUI attorney in Illinois to help you, and contact our drunk driving lawyers today.

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