Elected Official Arrested for DUI, Traffic Violation
An Illinois elected official is already free on bond following an early morning arrest. After being pulled over by police, he was arrested on multiple criminal offenses, including a traffic violation. According to reports, this was not his first arrest, but he has faced no other criminal allegations since he was elected to a village clerk position in 1999.
Shortly after 3 a.m., police came across a car that was parked in the road with its engine still running. Upon further inspection, they found a man asleep in the vehicle. After waking up the motorist, the attending officer reported that the driver’s eyes appeared bloodshot and that he thought he could smell alcohol. After further questioning, the driver supposedly admitted that he had drank alcohol at some point in the evening.
At that point, he was arrested and charged with driving without proof of insurance as well as two counts of DUI. In addition to his elected position, the driver also serves on one of the Boy Scouts of America councils in the area. Neither his place of employment nor the local Boy Scout offices have released a statement regarding the allegations.
In the 1980s, the Illinois official faced two separate DUI charges that were ultimately resolved, although he did lose his license in both instances. Multiple DUI criminal offenses can result in more serious consequences, including extended time behind bars, much steeper fines and a long license suspension. While prior criminal charges are no indication of guilt, it is still advisable to address the possible handling of the traffic violation and DUI charges in as timely a manner as possible and alongside experienced criminal cdefense counsel.
Source: dailyherald.com, “Lisle village clerk charged with third DUI“, Justin Kmitch, Aug. 31, 2015
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