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Woman charged with DUI after alleged hit and run

On Sept. 2, an Illinois woman was charged with DUI after she struck a car parked in the Riverside Police Department parking lot before fleeing the scene. Authorities were alerted to the incident at about 6:53 p.m. by the individual who owned the car that had been damaged in the incident.

Officers were able to catch up to the vehicle near the intersection of First Avenue and Plainfield in Lyons. During a traffic stop, the police noted that the female driver had the odor of alcohol coming from her breath. When questioned, the accused woman said that she was unaware that she had struck another vehicle. After standard field sobriety tests were taken, she reportedly voluntarily told the officers that she was coming from a wedding and that she had not had much to drink.

The owner of the vehicle that was hit said that he had witnessed the alleged hit and run. He said that he attempted to get her to stop, but she fled the scene. The woman was unable to complete a breathalyzer test. She was ultimately charged with DUI.

Those accused of drunk driving in Illinois could face a variety of punishments depending on several factors, including what their blood alcohol content was at the time of the incident and if they had previous convictions. In addition to a jail sentence, those convicted of DUI could be required to go to an alcohol education program and may lose their driving privileges for several months. A criminal law attorney could question whether or not the tests used to confirm if a person was drunk driving were administered correctly. The attorney may also seek to have the punishments reduced, particularly if this is a person's first incident.

Source: La Grange Patch, "Drunk Driver Hits Car In Riverside Police Parking Lot, Flees The Scene: Police", Andrea Earnest, Sept. 4, 2017

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