Archive for the ‘penalty’ tag
November 21st, 2013 at 5:00 pm
Casey Kohlmeier, a 29-year-old police officer from Pontiac was killed in late October when his patrol car was hit by another car in a median turnaround on I-55, according to the Chicago Tribune. Kohlmeier was “in his patrol car when he was struck,” reports the Tribune, and although no initial arrests were made, a South Carolina man has since been charged with DUI in connection with the fatal crash. “Kohlmeier joined the Pontiac Police Department in January 2007… State Police Director Hiram Grau released a statement offering his condolences,” reports the Tribune. Kohlmeier was not alone in the car when the incident occurred—his K–9 partner, Draco, was also killed in the crash, according to the Tribune.
In early November, according to a different article from the Chicago Tribune, Jason C. Collins, 33, was officially charged with aggravated driving under the influence. Collins is from West Colombia, S.C. and “was driving a pickup north on Interstate 55 near the Route 23 exit when the pickup left the roadway and hit the patrol car,” police told the Tribune. Collins was arrested as soon as he was discharged from the hospital where he was being treated for minor injuries sustained in the crash. Police did not release what Collins’ blood alcohol level was at the time of incident, however.
Though the Tribune did not report Collins’ BAC at the time of the crash, Collins fits perfectly with the conception of the average DUI offender, at least according to the Illinois DUI Fact Book 2013. According to the Fact Book, the average DUI offender “is male (76 percent arrested are men); and age 34 (60 percent are under age 35).” According to DrinkingandDriving.org, a full third of the 900,000 people arrested for DUI/DWI each year in the U.S. are repeat offenders—a staggering statistic that many states (including Illinois) are attempting to combat with periods of stricter enforcement and harsher penalties for those convicted of DUI.
Collins, of course, has since been charged with aggravated DUI, a felony in Illinois. According to the Fact Book, “any mandatory term of imprisonment or community service is not subject to suspension or reduction” regarding this type of charge.
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February 4th, 2013 at 12:15 pm
Republican U.S. Senator Mike Crapo of Idaho was arrested in December in Washington D.C. for driving under the influence of alcohol, according to the Chicago Tribune. A police officer stopped Crapo in Virginia after spotting a car running a red light. Crapo, 61, failed several field sobriety tests and his blood alcohol level was 0.11 percent, police said in a statement. The legal limit in Virginia is 0.08 percent.
Crapo was taken into custody and released on a thousand dollar bond. He said that he was “deeply sorry” for the DUI incident. “I made a mistake for which I apologize to my family, my Idaho constituents and any others who have put their trust in me,” Crapo said. “I accept total responsibility and will deal with whatever penalty comes my way in this matter.”
Crapo is a Mormon who has said that he does not drink alcohol at all. He has been a member of the U.S. Senate over ten years. The Republican senator was re-elected to Senate in 2010. He is also a member of the Senate Banking Committee and the chamber’s budget and finance panels. In 2011, he worked toward a deficit-reduction deal that Congress failed to adopt.
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