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Randy Ramey DUI Arrest

Randy Ramey, the head of the DuPage County Republican Party, was arrested and charged with drunk driving over the weekend. The Randy Ramey DUI is not a good start for the new chief of the local GOP party.

Police officers stopped the state representative after he was observed driving erratically early Sunday morning, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. Ramey was reportedly having trouble staying in his lane. After he was stopped, Ramey admitted that he had been drinking and then failed four field sobriety tests. Ramey also registered a .179 blood alcohol content (BAC) -- the legal limit in Illinois is 0.08.

Wet Lab Experiment for DUI Crackdown

As part of a nationwide campaign to stop drunk driving, Illinois law enforcement officials are utilizing a controlled training exercise called a “wet lab” to show the negative effects of alcohol on driving.

A wet lab experiment is generally an experiment that occurs in a controlled setting where volunteers are given alcohol and their motor skills are then tested once they are drunk, reports ENews Park Forest. The experiment gives drivers a chance to safely see how potent the effects of alcohol are on driving abilities.

Bath Salts High DUI

First people sniffed glue for a high. Then they took over-the-counter cold medication. Now they’re snorting bath salts. Across the border in Indiana, 29-year-old Britni Morrison crashed her Honda Accord into a car before leading police on a wild chase. When she was finally caught, she told police she took bath salts.

For the bath salts high, Morrison could face a bath salt DUI.

Morrison rear-ended another car and then took off. Police took off after her, and Morrison drove erratically at cops, around cops, and into cops in an apparent attempt to evade arrest or cause an accident, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. When police stopped Morrison and got her out of the car, she was laughing hysterically and speaking nonsense.

Ignacio Ramirez was charged with a litany of offenses -- including aggravated DUI - after he struck and killed a South Loop neighborhood bicyclist early Tuesday morning.

The 38-year-old Ramirez allegedly failed to stop at a stop sign and struck and killed 30-year-old bicyclist Fredrick Kobrick, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. Ramirez was drunk at the time and was driving without a license or insurance.

William Howe Charged with Reckless Homicide for Fatal Accident

William Howe drove his Porsche the wrong way up I-88 while throwing money out of his car windows. It’s not clear what possessed Howe to behave in this way, but Ali Shalwani and Farzana Ali paid the price when they struck Howe head-on. Shalwani and Ali were killed in the accident, and Howe has been charged with reckless homicide.

At the time of the accident, there was speculation that Howe had been driving under the influence. First, people might assume someone would have to be high or drunk to purposefully throw money out of a moving car. Second, Howe had a history of DUIs. Records show that the Naperville dentist has a record of DUIs, the most recent of which occurred just in February, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

Illinois DUI Laws Have Varying Degrees of Misdemeanors

Cornell H. Fleischer pled guilty to a misdemeanor DUI charge and will serve 2 days in jail under Illinois DUI laws.

The 60-year old Fleischer was pulled over in April after officers were called to a parking lot to investigate a drunk driver, reports the Lawrence Journal World. After police arrived at the scene they found Fleischer in his car along with his four-year old daughter. Cops administered a blood alcohol test, and Fleischer reportedly tested above the legal limit.

Richard Strum, a 35-year old Cook County man, has been charged with felony aggravated DUI in the fatal DUI that killed Claudia Delia and her 16-year old son, Bryan Delia.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Delia family was headed to the Wisconsin Dells for a vacation. The family's Honda Civic was stopped at a stop sign when Strum crashed into their car in his Ford Mustang. Strum was reportedly driving on a suspended license and had no car insurance at the time of the collision. He also had marijuana in his system.

Drunk Driving Injuries are Workers' Comp Injuries?

Some drunk driving injuries will no longer be considered workers' comp injuries in Illinois after Governor Pat Quinn signed Senate Bill 1147. So if a worker is injured in an aggravated DUI, that worker may be out of luck both with the law and with his workers' compensation benefits, reports the Decatur Tribune.

Perhaps the most surprising thing about the new law is that drunk drivers had been entitled to workers' comp benefits in the first place for accidents and injuries caused by their own drunkenness.

Illegal Transportation of Alcohol in Illinois

Twenty-one year old Anthony Chavez was found asleep inside his car in an Elburn ditch. Police charged him with a DUI and illegal transportation of alcohol in Illinois.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, police received a complaint that there was a man asleep inside a car near East County Line and Perry roads. When police arrived, they found Chavez sleeping inside his car. He was charged with drunken driving and illegal transportation of alcohol.

Illinois Supreme Court Toughens Drugged Driving Law

A recent state Supreme Court ruling toughens the Illinois DUI law and is bad news for those caught drugged driving.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the court found that drivers involved in a fatal accident can be charged with a felony DUI if they are found to have any amount of drugs in their system -- even the slightest amount. What makes the court's decision especially radical is that drivers can be charged with a felony DUI even if they were not impaired at the time of the accident.

Mike Adamle DUI Charges Dropped

Cook County prosecutors have dropped the Mike Adamle DUI charges. The former Chicago Bears running back and current Channel 5 sportscaster reportedly had a blood alcohol level well below the legal limit.

According to MyFox Chicago, the 61-year-old Adamle was pulled over after he failed to stop at a stop sign in Skokie. After he was stopped, Adamle took a breath test and he tested for a 0.04 blood alcohol level -- well below the legal limit in Illinois of 0.08. Adamle was also given a blood test where he tested 0.039.