Sixth DUI gets woman 13 years in prison

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From the Chicago Sun-Times:

A woman was sentenced Thursday to 13 years in prison after she pleaded guilty to her fifth and sixth charges of DUI in northwest suburban Elgin.

Cheri L. Bookman, 48, who is homeless, pleaded guilty to Associate Judge David Kliment to two counts of aggravated DUI, one a Class X felony and one a Class 1 felony, according to a statement from the Kane County state’s attorney’s office.

On Jan. 4, 2015, Bookman crashed her vehicle into another vehicle in the 1500 block of Mark Avenue in Elgin and the driver of the other vehicle noticed that she seemed intoxicated, prosecutors said. She then left the scene and the other driver called 911.

When Bookman was later approached by Elgin police at a home where she was staying she was drinking vodka and admitted that she had been drinking vodka all day, prosecutors said.

The other driver identified Bookman and she was subsequently charged with DUI, prosecutors said. She was released on bond after serving one day in jail.

On Aug. 2, 2015, officers spotted Bookman driving the wrong way on Chicago Street, a one-way street, prosecutors said. When she was stopped, the officer smelled alcohol on her breath.

When the officer returned to his vehicle in an effort to get more information on Bookman, she sped away and eventually crashed into a guardrail at Chicago and State streets, prosecutors said. She then crawled through the passenger-side window and ran into a wooded area.

The officers found her and she was charged with DUI, prosecutors said. Her blood-alcohol content was .247.

Bookman’s four prior DUI charges were twice in 2001, once in 2002 and once in 2008 in Jefferson and Cook counties, prosecutors said.

A sixth DUI is a Class X felony in Illinois, punishable from 6 to 30 years.

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