Illinois police have charged a 49-year-old woman with aggravated battery, resisting arrest and driving under the influence after a field sobriety test allegedly turned physical on the afternoon of March 17. The woman was also cited for several motor vehicle violations. Her bond was set at $30,000.
Police say that they encountered the woman when they responded to the scene of a two-car collision in Romeoville at approximately 4:56 p.m. The drivers of both of the vehicles involved pulled into a gas station at the intersection of West Romeo Road and North Independence Boulevard to exchange information and wait for the police to arrive. The woman allegedly attempted to flee the scene on foot during a standard field sobriety test, but she was not able to get very far according to reports.
Police claim that the woman refused to be taken into custody peacefully, and one of the officers involved said that she bit down on his hand during the ensuing struggle. A senior Romeoville Police Department figure said that a glove prevented the officer’s skin from being broken. Reports suggest that the accident may have been caused by excessive speed, but both of the drivers involved escaped the collision without injury.
Individuals who have not been in trouble with the law before often panic when faced with the prospect of serious criminal charges, and they sometimes make matters more difficult for themselves in drunk driving situations by speaking to police officers before consulting with an attorney. Prosecutors encounter this kind of behavior often and are expected to settle cases quickly, and experienced criminal defense attorneys could urge them to show leniency and offer them a speedy resolution in return.