A large number of DUI cases involve motorists who perhaps drank just one too-many beers and hit that magic number of .08 on the breathalyzer. There's a fine line between .07 and .08, but a huge gulf between receiving a police warning and going through the process of a DUI arrest.
But then you read about drunk driving rampages where the motorist was virtually pickled in alcohol and just a sip away from unconsciousness. When they hit and kill innocent drivers who happen to be on the road, it's a wake up call not even the highest-paid Chicago DUI attorney could erase.
It's even more of a shame when allegedly drunk drivers who take lives with their carelessness walk away with minimal injuries, as was the case with 52-year-old Darnell Wells.
His blood alcohol concentration was not disclosed in the Sun-Times article, but police say he slammed into the car of 27-year-old Christopher Chatman and 87-year-old Ardella Wells, killing both.
Wells was charged with two counts reckless homicide and two counts of aggravated DUI. On top of that, he was cited for driving without insurance, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and disobeying a traffic control device.
Two additional cars that were stopped at a light also were struck by Wells' car and the car containing the two victims, but suffered only minor injuries and did not seek medical treatment. The Major Accident Investigation Unit is looking into the incident ahead of Wells' arraignment.