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January 2012 Archives

Kane County Ramping Up for Super Bowl DUI

Did you know that the Super Bowl is the eighth-highest beer-selling occasion of the year? Given the number of Budweiser commercials every Super Sunday, this is probably not a huge surprise.

As the Super Bowl now ranks up there with New Year’s Eve, and other traditional beer guzzling weekends, the Kane County police announced they are stepping up patrols for Super Bowl DUI on February 5, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

John Kohlbeck Violates Terms of Probation with 0.430 BAC

John Kohlbeck was arrested for a DUI back in 2008 for driving drunk into oncoming traffic in Elgin. He avoided a serious accident, but was apparently so drunk when he was arrested that he couldn’t even stand, reports the Daily Herald.

That arrest was the 43-year-old Kohlbeck’s third offense, and he faced felony DUI charges and a possible seven-year prison term. However, probation was also an option. He was ultimately convicted of the crime, but sentenced to only six months in jail and 30 months’ probation.

Cecil Conner Denied New Trial, Gets Almost 10 Years

The ongoing DUI trial of Cecil Conner finally ended with the 24-year-old man denied a new trial and sentenced to nine-and-a-half-years in jail for the drunk driving death of Michael Langford Jr.

In May 2010, Conner was the passenger in girlfriend Kathie LaFond's car when they were pulled over after leaving a party. In the backseat of the car was LaFond's 5-year-old son, Michael Langford Jr., reports the Chicago Sun-Times. LaFond was eventually arrested for driving on a suspended license, and Conner was allegedly told to drive the 5-year-old home.

Chicago Cop DUI: Richard Bolling Guilty of Fatal DUI

Chicago police officer Richard Bolling may have received special treatment from his fellow boys in blue following the fatal Chicago cop DUI accident that killed 13-year-old Trenton Booker, but Bolling did not receive any special treatment from a jury when he was found guilty of aggravated DUI and reckless homicide in the boy’s death.

For the crimes, the 42-year-old cop could face up to 15 years in jail, or could avoid jail completely with only a probation sentence, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. His sentencing is scheduled for February 17.

Thomas Gatz Says Drugs Made Him Drink, Avoids Jail for DUI

Thomas Gatz says the last thing he remembered the night he drove drunk and crashed into two cars, was taking two Ambien pills and going to bed.

The 44-year-old former firefighter from Shorewood says that he doesn't remember drinking and doesn't remember getting in his car, let along striking two women, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. This appeared to be a good enough defense, as a Will County judge only sentenced Gatz to two years of conditional discharge, avoiding jail time completely.

Arsenio Garcia Charged With Misdemeanor DUI After Hitting Cop

Arsenio Garcia must have friends in high places if he was only charged with a misdemeanor DUI after his drunk driving escapade this weekend.

On Saturday night, a concerned citizen alerted police to an erratic driver and possible drunk driver who was driving down alleyways in the city’s Northwest side, reports the Chicago Tribune. After police caught up with the driver, later identified as Garcia, they saw him go the wrong way down a one-way street in the Belmont Gardens neighborhood.

Was Chicago Cop Richard Bolling Drunk at Time of Fatal DUI?

The aggravated DUI trial of Chicago cop Richard Bolling has begun, and the police officer has said he was not drunk at the time of the fatal accident that killed 13-year-old Trenton Booker.

Bolling is accused of roaring through a South Side neighborhood two years ago in his Dodge Charger, and hitting the teen who was riding his bike. The collision was so severe that the boy is said to have spun in the air like a propeller before hitting the pavement and dying, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

Angus Lake Pleads Guilty to Killing Companion in Strange DUI

Concluding one of the stranger (and sadder) DUI stories from last year, earlier this week Angus Lake decided to plead guilty to aggravated driving under the influence resulting in death.

For the charge, Lake could face 14 years in jail, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. However, that may be a small price to pay compared to the personal losses that the man suffered.

McDonald's Drive-Thru DUI in River North

In one of the funnier DUI arrests of the nascent New Year, Walter Dixon was arrested for a McDonald’s drive-thru DUI in the River North neighborhood.

Dixon and a passenger allegedly passed out from drinking too much while waiting in the Rock ‘n’ Roll McDonald’s drive-thru lane. After officers woke the two up and asked them if they needed medical attention, they responded “no,” but that they did want another McDonald’s sandwich, reports the Chicago Tribune. But what happens next is where it really starts getting comical.

Transportation Official Carmen Iacullo Learns Penalty for DUI

In a particularly embarrassing DUI, Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) manager Carmen Iacullo finally learned his fate.

The 58-year-old regional operations manager, who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor drunk driving in November, will avoid jail time, but will have to wear an alcohol-monitoring device on his ankle for six months, pay a $1,000 fine, and will be under a one-year supervision. Additionally, the IDOT official received penalties from his employer, though he will be able to keep his job, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Aggravated DUI Death Suspect Saul Chavez Disappears

Last summer we wrote about Saul Chavez, the DUI suspect who struck and killed insurance broker William McCann in his Logan Square neighborhood.

Chavez reportedly struck McCann so hard that he sent the 66-year-old insurance broker flying into his windshield. When Chavez hit the brakes, McCann fell to the ground. But instead of helping the fallen man, Chavez then tried to make a getaway by driving over McCann and dragging him several hundred feet, killing him, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

Chavez was jailed pending his hearing for the death. But after posting bond, the DUI suspect disappeared.

Glen Higginbotham Arrested Again for DUI After Killing Girl

Over a decade ago, Glen Higginbotham was drunk and drag racing when he struck a car carrying ten-year-old Candace Graham. Graham was not wearing a seatbelt when her car was hit and she was killed in the collision.

Higginbotham had a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit and was driving 81 mph in a 35 mph zone when he struck Graham's car, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. For the DUI death, Higginbotham received seven years in jail and two years parole for reckless homicide. Higginbotham has only been off parole for 18 months, but it's now being reported that the 33-year-old man faces two new DUI charges for separate incidents.