Reading the tea leaves: Probation for Carly Rousso?

Today, Carly Rousso’s sentencing hearing was continued until September 17th.

More interesting to me was that Judge Booras once again refused to revoke Rousso’s bond, despite what has been described as a “heated discussion” by prosecutor Michael Ori.

As I have written before, the statute governing DUIs causing death requires a prison sentence unless the court finds that there are exceptional circumstances compelling a sentence of probation.

The fact that Judge Booras has been inclined to allow Rousso to remain on bond pending sentencing is a strong inclination that he is strongly considering probation.  Otherwise, if he was anticipating sentencing her to years in prison, he might as well lock her up now to avoid any possibility that she commit another offense in the interim.

Again, this is only conjecture.  We shall know definitively in September.

Village Manager of Westmont arrested for DUI leading to awesome mugshot

searlFrom the Chicago Tribune:

The village manager for west suburban Westmont was charged with driving under the influence after he was pulled over while driving in a center turn lane in a neighboring town, police said today.

Ronald R. Searl, 54, was stopped shortly before midnight on July 3 after a Clarendon Hills police officer saw him turning into the parking lot of a business that was closed on 55th Street, Clarendon Hills Police Chief Ted Jenkins said.

By the time the officer turned around to investigate, Searl was allegedly driving westbound on 55th Street in the center turn lane.

The officer stopped Searl and noticed an odor of alcohol on his breath, Jenkins said.  Searl was arrested and taken to the station after he failed a field sobriety test. While at the station, a Breathalyzer test allegedly showed his blood-alcohol content was .112, which is over the legal limit of .08, according to Jenkins.

Searl was charged with driving under the influence and driving with a blood-alcohol content over .08, both misdemeanors.  He was also ticketed for driving in the wrong lane, Jenkins said.

Lake County Judge denies Carly Rousso’s post-trial motion

Lake County Judge Booras denied Carly Rousso’s post-trial motion today.  The motion sought to overturn her convictions for aggravated DUI and reckless homicide on the grounds that the cleaning chemical that she was “huffing” before the fatal crash was not covered by the Illinois DUI statute.

The case will now proceed to sentencing.  Rousso faces up to fourteen years in prison for the crash.

Watch dash cam video of drunk driver crossing center line and plowing into 3 cars

From the web site of the David Feldman Show:

Montgomery Township, Philadelphia police made public today dash cam video of a drunk driver smashing into a cop car stopped at a light. Nobody was injured on June 17, 2014 when Phillip Marress from Tennessee plowed headlong into a police cruiser and three other cars before his vehicle came to a complete stop on its side. Marress was arrested after allegedly telling police he had mixed beer with two shots and a Percoset. Montgomery Township Police Chief Scott Bendig said today that Marress never hit his brakes and seemed unperturbed while officers rescued him from his overturned car.

Lamest DUI excuse ever? “The dog did it”


A Georgia man who appeared to be “highly intoxicated” was arrested after allegedly telling an Oconee County officer that his dog drove him to the store so that he could purchase corn.

According to the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, Sgt. Partain responded to a call about a dog in a hot car. When Partain arrived on the scene, he encountered a canine in a locked vehicle that had a temperature which clocked in at 123 degrees when measured with a handheld thermometer.

Partain also saw a can of gasoline inside the vehicle and said the smell was stifling.

The car’s driver, Wesley Terrell, allegedly told Partain that “the dog drove him to Bell’s to buy some corn.”

The 60-year-old suspect was arrested and charged with animal cruelty and driving under the influence.

Animal control took the dog into custody.

Browns Receiver Josh Gordon arrested for DUI

The Cleveland Browns’ star wide receiver Josh Gordon was arrested this holiday weekend for DWI.  He was pulled over in Raleigh, NC for allegedly speeding 50 in a 35 zone and he failed a breath alcohol test, although not by much.  According to reports, he tested at 0.09, just slightly over the legal limit of 0.08.

The DUI occurred while he was facing a one year suspension by the NFL for a second offense violation of the league’s drug policy.

The arrest also occurred while Gordon was driving a 2015 Cadillac Escalade owned by the Charlotte Hornet’s 2014 first round pick, P.J. Hairston.

Interestingly enough, “Gordon’s $500 bond was paid by Haydn “Fats” Thomas, a convicted felon from Durham who is linked to Hairston and to the rental cars he was driving in a series of traffic stops in the summer of 2013. Hairston’s off-the-court troubles before what would have been his junior season led to his dismissal from UNC.” (quote from