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Police say drunk driver became violent in police station

A Chicago-area police officer was sent to the emergency room on April 23 after a woman who was being booked for drunk driving attacked him. According to reports, the 32-year-old woman became violent during fingerprinting in the Riverside Police Department booking room. The woman allegedly punched, kicked and spit on one of the arresting officers and told the officers that she was going to kill their children and grandchildren.

The woman was originally stopped for drunk driving on the 3200 block of Harlem. A police officer pulled her over at 2:27 a.m. because she was going 53 mph in an area where the speed limit is 35 mph. The police officer allegedly smelled alcohol on the woman's breath and noticed that she had a plastic cup with cognac in her vehicle. The woman had no driver's license and failed field sobriety tests.

After the accused woman was taken to the police station, she was given a breath test that measured her blood-alcohol content to be .16 percent. The police officer that was attacked was treated for injuries at Loyola University Medical Center. Because the woman allegedly spit in his eyes, nose and mouth, the officer underwent blood borne pathogen exposure protocols. Some of the woman's charges were felony aggravated drunk driving, misdemeanor DUI, aggravated battery to a police officer and resisting arrest.

Criminal defense attorneys often have their work cut out for them when what seems to be a simple DUI case escalates out of control. One strategy could be getting the prosecutor to agree to drop more serious charges in exchange for a plea of guilty to one of the offenses and an agreement to attend alcohol awareness and anger management classes.

Source: Western Springs Patch, "DUI Driver Said 'All Cops Must Die' and Spit in Officer's Mouth: Police," Morgan Searles, April 26, 2016

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