Police in Riverside, Illinois, say that a 33-year-old man was taken into custody on Nov. 11. Authorities first saw the man's 2005 Cadillac parked on a sidewalk at the intersection of Ogden Avenue and Lionel Road at about 2:40 a.m. When an officer first made contact with the man, he was passed out in his vehicle, and there was a beer in the cup holder.
Movie buffs in Illinois may be interested to learn that actor Christopher McDonald is facing drunk driving charges in California. Known for his roles in "Thelma and Louise," "Happy Gilmore" and "Ballers," McDonald was taken into police custody on Oct. 28 following a one-car collision.
Illinois golf fans may be interested to learn about the developments in Tiger Woods' DUI case. Rather than face a criminal conviction, Woods is seeking to attend a DUI school in Florida. The state allows first-time offenders to seek a pre-trial diversion program.
A 19-year-old Illinois woman was charged with aggravated DUI on Sept. 11 after she was accused of causing a fatal car accident outside a Cook County church. The crash reportedly occurred at about 2:30 a.m. in the 1000 block of West Roosevelt Road in Chicago.
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.
Since the state of Illinois implemented its DUI legislation in 1997, the number of fatalities caused by drunk driving accidents has decreased by approximately 43 percent. Even so, the director of the Illinois Department of Transportation noted that drunk driving still occurs in the present day.
A football coach at an Illinois high school was taken into custody for driving under the influence of alcohol on July 15. However, school officials said on Aug. 4 that, although he will not be coaching the football team, he did still have his job as athletic director.
Drivers who test positive for marijuana use are on the rise in Illinois and across the country, according to a new report. However, drivers who test positive for alcohol use are on the decline.
California motorists who have pleaded guilty to DUI omay be required to attend an alcohol awareness program. It can be required as a condition of their probation or as part of their suspended sentence. The court orders attendance to these programs so that offenders can be educated about the effects of DUI and the dependency on alcohol. The programs are typically used in lieu of or to reduce stiffer punishments offenders might be subjected to, like incarceration, fines or the suspension of their driver's license.
Illinois sports fans may be aware of a car crash in early June involving former New York Knicks head coach Derek Fisher. After the crash, he was taken into custody on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. As of early July, he faces two charges of DUI.