DuPage, Lake Counties follow Cook County’s lead and (mostly) shut down court. Also Secretary of State and Federal Court

After holding off until this afternoon, both DuPage and Lake Counties announced today that they will suspend most court operations beginning tomorrow, March 17th due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The order in DuPage County is in effect until April 17th and in Lake until further notice.

As with other courts, there will still be some cases heard, particularly bond court and emergency motions.  Both DuPage and Lake will provide courtrooms for cases where there are speedy trial demands (where the parties cannot agree on a continuance).  Also, DuPage will continue to hold court for arraignments.

The full order can be found on the DuPage County Court website.

Lake County’s order can be found on its website.

Federal Court is also slowing down.  Here is a link to the Northern District of Illinois’ site where you can get all the information.

Also, I am told that the Secretary of State will not be conducting any hearings until at least April 1st.

Free Agent TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins arrested for third DUI

From Bleacher Report:

Free-agent NFL tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was arrested Monday and charged with DUI in Gig Harbor, Washington, the city where he played high school football.

TMZ Sports reported the news Saturday and noted Seferian-Jenkins also faces counts of driving with a suspended license and operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock device.

It’s the third DUI arrest for the 27-year-old University of Washington product.

In 2013, Seferian-Jenkins was sentenced to one day in jail after pleading guilty to a drunken driving charge before his final season of college football with the Huskies.

He was also arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor DUI in 2016.

Seferian-Jenkins told ESPN’s Rich Cimini in 2017 he’d attended an outpatient rehab program because of his use of alcohol to deal with “dormant issues”:

Update: Kane County Courthouse to scale back most cases until Mid-April

From Kane County Court:

For Immediate Release Date:

March 16, 2020

Kane County Court Operations Scaled Back Due to Coronavirus

Clint Hull, Chief Judge of the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit in Kane County, has ordered that most criminal and civil cases be continued to dates after April 17, 2020. This decision was made in order to protect the health and safety of the general public and courthouse employees and made after consultation with the Presiding Judges and offices of the County Board, State’s Attorney, Public Defender, Court Services, Circuit Clerk, and representatives of the private bar.

The Kane County Courthouse (100 South Third Street, Geneva), Kane County Judicial Center (37W777 Route 38, St. Charles), and Kane County Juvenile Justice Center (37W655 Route 38, St. Charles) will remain open to hear those cases deemed essential and any emergency motions. Essential cases include but are not limited to in-custody criminal cases, order of protection hearings, juvenile delinquency, juvenile abuse and neglect, and emergency matters.

The Aurora Branch Court (1200 East Indian Trial Road, Aurora), Elgin Branch Court (150 Dexter Court, Elgin), and Kane County Branch Court (530 S. Randall Road, St. Charles) will be closed through Friday, April 17, and re-open Monday, April 20, 2020. All bond call matters that were previously heard at the Aurora and Elgin Branch Courts will be heard at the Kane County Judicial Center until April 20, 2020.

Real Housewives star Alexa Curtin arrested for failing to appear in court for DUI case

From RadarOnline:

Ex Real Housewives Opens a New Window. of Orange County Housewives star Alexa Curtin Opens a New Window. has plead not guilty to driving under the influence of drugs after her shocking Sunday arrest Opens a New Window. , RadarOnline.com can exclusively reveal.

Alexa, 26, who appeared in court on Tuesday, July 23, had multiple bench warrants for her arrest because she failed to show up to court for her past scheduled court appearances.

Alexa was apprehended by bail bondsmen on July 21, according to Orange County Sheriff’s officials. She was then arrested and booked at Orange County Central Women’s Jail. The troubled reality TV Star finally appeared in front of a judge Tuesday afternoon.

The judge ordered Alexa to return to court on August 2 and set her bail at $65,000.

Orange County prosecutors initially charged the troubled reality star with a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of a drug Opens a New Window. and a misdemeanor driving without a valid drivers license.

Here is the original story of her arrest last year from RadarOnline:

Alexa Curtin was reportedly charged recently with driving under the influence of a drug. According to The Blast Opens a New Window. , court records show that The Real Housewives of Orange County Opens a New Window. star Lynne Curtin’s daughter Alexa, who has had various legal issues, was charged with allegedly driving under the influence on June 6, 2017. Now she’s been charged with that — and was also cited for driving without a valid driver license.

Law enforcement sources told The Blast that Costa Mesa police officers were called to the scene of an accident at around 2:45 PM on that day in June. Insiders claimed to the website that Alexa had crashed her car Opens a New Window. and cops came to investigate.

While on the scene, the police believed that Alexa, who had been driving the car Opens a New Window. , appeared to be under the influence. “Police had her perform a field sobriety test, which we’re told she failed,” The Blast reported.

Alexa submitted to a blood test by police and the results came back allegedly showing a cocktail of prescription drugs, including Clonazepam (aka Klonopin) and opioids.

 

LA Cop arrested in DUI crash that killed 3 just hours after he posted anti-DUI video

From Raw Story:

A Los Angeles police officer posted a “don’t drink and drive” Instagram video hours before he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence over a fatal crash that killed three people.

Edgar Verduzco, 26, was speeding on the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway in Whittier, southern California, when he struck the back of two cars, one of which was carrying three members of a family, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) said, according to CBS Los Angeles.

The car carrying the family burst into flames and killed the three people inside. The victims have since been identified as Mario and Maribel Davila, a married couple, and their 19-year-old son Oscar Davila, according to a GoFundMe page set up to help with funeral costs.

Hours before the crash, a video was posted to an Instagram account belonging to Verduzco. The 10-second video featured a cartoon avatar honking the horn of a car, which is captioned #dontdrinkanddrive. The video appears to be shot in a bar; a glass of beer is seen in the background, KTLA 5 reported.

The Instagram account has not been confirmed as belonging to Verduzco, but other photos and videos posted on the account suggest it is his: one post in July has Verduzco’s name badge on display, KTLA 5 reported.

Verduzco was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and vehicular manslaughter and is being held on $100,000 bail, the The Washington Post reported. He suffered a broken nose in the incident.

Read the entire story here:  https://www.rawstory.com/2017/09/la-cop-posted-anti-drink-driving-video-before-crash/

Former Chicago Bear RB Cedric Benson arrested for DUI

Cedric Benson, the former Bears running back, who was cut from the team after being arrested twice in 2008, once for boating under the influence and then for driving under the influence, has been arrested again for DUI.

I should point out that after he was cut by the Bears, Benson was found not guilty for both 2008 arrests.

From CBS Sports:

The former running back who played for the Bears, Bengals and Packers over eight NFL seasons, and was taken with the fourth overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, was pulled over and arrested in Austin, Texas for a DUI charge, the Austin American Statesman reports.

And when he was pulled over, things got a little awkward.

According to a police affidavit obtained by the paper, Benson declined to stay in his vehicle after pulling over into a 7-Eleven parking lot, instead appearing to inform the officer he wanted to enter the convenience store.

The Statesman reports police described Benson’s as as “glassy.” He was also “swaying” and “his speech was mumbled and he smelled of alcohol.”

Benson is described in the affidavit as “talkative, uncooperative [and] cocky.”

Additionally, police wrote in the affidavit that Benson “refused sobriety tests.” Benson was asked to recite the alphabet and “stated he couldn’t do that because he played 8 years in the NFL.”

Benson told police he couldn’t count any higher than the number three.

This is not Benson’s first arrest and it’s not even his first arrest in Travis County, Texas. Benson was arrested in 2011 for assault on a family member, while having other legal issues in Austin pending. In 2014, Benson was arrested in Austin for public intoxication.

Benson was released by the Bears in 2008 after being busted for drunk driving and drunk boating (yes, both of them). He latched on with the Bengals but struggled to find a home as a free agent in 2012.