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July 2011 Archives

Jalen Rose Arrested Shortly After DUI Hearing

The Jalen Rose DUI netted the former Chicago Bulls forward plenty of trouble as he faced jail time and was suspended from his job as an analyst at ESPN. Now, it’s being reported that just hours after he was sentenced to 93 days in jail for the March drunk driving incident, Rose was stopped for speeding after going nearly twice the speed limit.

According to CBS, Rose was involved in a single car accident in March when he veered his SUV off a snowy road. No one was injured in the accident, but Rose admitted to drinking six martinis before the accident. For the DUI, Rose was sentenced to 93 days in jail. However, he could have been released after serving only 20 of those days provided he didn’t get into any more trouble.

Drew Forquer Gets 8 Years for Fatal DUI in Chicago

Drew Forquer was sentenced to eight years in prison for a fatal DUI in Chicago. Forquer, a former dentist, was convicted of reckless homicide and aggravated DUI after driving his car into opposing traffic and killing a motorcyclist, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Forquer’s conviction for the DUI had been in doubt, as his defense argued that he was not drunk at the time of the accident. Forquer did admit to drinking two beers the morning of the accident, but he says that he was sober later that afternoon when he got into the accident. Forquer only took a Breathalyzer test four hours after the accident when he tested for a blood-alcohol content of 0.045, well below the legal limit in Illinois of 0.08.

False DUI by Naperville Police Leads to Lawsuit

David Briddle has sued the Naperville police for defamation after the police released information of what he says was a false DUI to a local newspaper despite the fact that he was never charged with a crime and blew a 0.0 on a Breathalyzer test.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Briddle was arrested over Memorial Day weekend after a police officer noticed that Briddle was driving as if he were under the influence of alcohol -- he was driving under the speed limit and was weaving in his lane, reports the Sun-Times.

A 41-year-old Chicago man, William Miller, has been charged with aggravated DUI and reckless homicide in the fatal motorcycle accident that occurred in Dolton over the weekend.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Miller was driving on Sibley Boulevard in his Ford SUV when he attempted to make a left turn. Miller failed to yield to a motorcycle as he was turning and struck and killed the motorcycle driver, Ernestine Temple.

Marquis Harrison, a 16-year old honor student and athlete, admitted to drinking vodka and being high on marijuana and ecstasy prior to the wild fatal DUI that killed 42-year old 911 dispatcher Marciea Adkins.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Harrison allegedly was high on drugs and alcohol when he ran a stop sign and slammed a stolen Range Rover into Adkins' car.

Adkins was driving home from work and died from her injuries.

Jeffrey Fisher Charged With Aggravated DUI in Fatal Accident

Jeffrey Fisher of Carol Stream was charged with aggravated DUI in the fatal car/train accident in Itasca over the July 4th weekend.

According to the Daily Herald, the 39-year old Fisher was driving his truck in the early morning hours with his girlfriend when he breached a railroad crossing and was struck by an oncoming train.

Fisher’s girlfriend, Eva Meyers, was killed in the accident. Fisher also suffered several injuries including broken bones and cuts, reports the Herald. Police say that the railroad crossing gate was functioning properly at the time of the accident, though Fisher still drove around it.

Sam Manyfield has been charged with hit and run in the fatal accident that killed a pedestrian crossing in a crosswalk. Facing drunk driving felony and aggravated DUI charges, Manyfield could go to jail for fourteen years.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the 69-year-old Manyfield was driving his Jeep Cherokee in a South Side neighborhood when he allegedly struck 52-year old Yvonne Williams. Williams was crossing in the crosswalk at the time.

After striking Williams, Manyfield did not stop, but instead continued driving, reports the Sun-Times. It's unclear if Manyfield was unaware that he struck Williams or if he was fleeing the scene.

Regardless, police spotted Manyfield's SUV shortly thereafter and he was arrested.

Sandra Uher Pleads Guilty to 6th DUI, Gets 8 Years

Sandra Uher pled guilty to her sixth DUI, and will spend the next eight years in jail.

Uher made headlines last month when she showed up drunk to her court hearing for her DUI charge. After showing up drunk, Uher, who had been out on bail, had her bail revoked. Since that time, Uher has been at Cermak Hospital, a part of Cook County Jail.

According to the Daily Herald, Uher expressed remorse for her crimes and admitted she had an addiction. Previously, Uher had been convicted of DUIs in 2009, 2005, and 1999 as well as being twice convicted of driving on a revoked or suspended license.

As the July 4th weekend approaches, many Illinois DUI stops are expected by state and local police.

Infused with over $1 million in federal funds, the Illinois Department of Transportation is expected to bolster 300 police departments statewide with extra officers, reports The Beacon-News.

The goal of these extra officers? To look for impaired drivers, open alcohol containers, people driving without safety belts, and people driving with suspended or revoked licenses, reports the Beacon-News.