Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists Releases its 2019 DUI Top Cops and Departments lists

From the Daily Herald:

The Schaumburg-based Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists this week released its annual report on which Illinois police departments, and which officers, are taking the most suspected drunken and drugged drivers off the roads.

And when it comes to most arrests per officer, nobody did better in 2019 than the Carol Stream Police Department.

According to the AAIM report, Carol Stream police made 334 DUI arrests last year, about 5.3 per officer. That’s nearly two more per officer than the next best suburban department, Lombard at 3.42.

Other suburban departments in the top 10 include Elmhurst (2.92), Elgin (2.14), Naperville (1.75) and Aurora (1.72).

In terms of sheer volume, Aurora’s 517 DUI arrests were the most in the state, and nearly 16% more than in 2018. Other suburbs in the top 10 were Elgin (393), Carol Stream (334), Naperville (295) and Lombard (229).

The Illinois State Police made the most DUI arrests, with 4,994, and the Chicago Police Department made 3,235.  Here are the raw numbers from the AAIM:

DUI Arrests
% Change from
2017 to 2018
DUI Arrests
1 Aurora 517 15.9% 446
2 Rockford 509 -7.8% 552
3 Elgin 393 5.1% 374
4 Decatur 361 -7.7% 391
5 Bloomington 349 43.0% 244
6 Carol Stream 334 19.3% 280
7 Naperville 295 13.0% 261
8 Cicero 268 -14.9% 315
9 Springfield 247 6.0% 233
10 Lombard 229 -17.3% 277
11 Edwardsville 213 43.0% 149
12 Oak Lawn 209 18.1% 177
13 Elmhurst 207 -25.3% 277

And here is the list of the “Top Cops”:

Top Cops
DUI Arrests
1 Trooper Lucas Sniady ISP District Chicago 196
2 Trooper Eric David ISP District Chicago 176
3 Investigator Andrew Hartman Rockford 161
4 Officer Elliot Tupayachi Chicago District #19 134
5 Officer Jeffrey Kriv Chicago District #12 127
6 Officer Pawel Kozaka Chicago District #12 118
6 Officer Brandt Parsley Bloomington 118
7 Investigator Emilio Marquez Rockford 114
8 Officer Mark Januszewski Chicago District #24 110
9 Officer Alberto Zayas Chicago District #10 108
10 Trooper James Knaperek ISP District Chicago 103
10 Officer Paul Dublinski Elgin 103

Recently Retired Cook County Judge Marvin Luckman passed away

I am sorry to report that long-time, former Cook County Judge Marvin Luckman has passed away at the age of 87.  He was on the bench from 1992 through 2018, serving mostly in Cook County criminal courtrooms.

He was always a pleasure to appear before.  He was a no-nonsense judge, who knew the law and also had good common sense. He also told great stories.  He will be missed by all.

Cook County is working on resuming Court on June 1st, but mostly through Zoom

Today, practitioners got some news about Cook County’s plans to resume court on June 1st, through meetings sponsored by the Chicago Bar Association and the Northwest Suburban Bar Association.  The meetings were conducted on Zoom.  I was able to attend the CBA meeting, and listen to Presiding Judge LeRoy Martin, Jr. speak about plans for the Criminal Division.  Due to Zoom limitations on the number of attendees, I was unable to sit in the NWSBA meeting, but I have heard some news from members and the video will be posted sometime soon.  I will update this blog if new information arises.

Also today, the Illinois Supreme Court issued an Order and guidelines for re-opening, which you can find here.  In summary, the Court recommends resuming operations, but encourages remote court appearances as much as possible, recommended that the Court prioritize certain cases and laid out safety precautions for courts to follow.

As for Cook County, expect each Division to announce its new rules sometime next week.  Presiding Judge Martin said that in the Criminal Division counsel should prioritize cases, with pleas (especially pleas for people already in custody) taking precedence.  He asked that counsel email State’s Attorneys to work out discovery issues, continuance dates and pleas in advance of court appearances.

Presiding Judge Martin said that he expects that each courtroom will hold hearings remotely through Zoom.  The details of how this will be handles have yet to be worked out.  He hopes to get resume bench trials sometime soon.

My understanding from the Northwest Suburban Bar Association meeting is that Rolling Meadows will have 12 courtrooms operating remotely via Zoom.  At this time, t don’t know the details of how this will work in practice, particularly in regards to pro se traffic, domestic and civil matters.

Updates to come as more information becomes available.

Update on May 22:  I have been contacted by an Assistant State’s Attorney who works at the Daley Center in Chicago.  He advised me that for the first two weeks of June, the Court will be only hearing cases where the Defendant is expected to enter a guilty plea.  He requested that if I had any such cases, that I should provide him with the information in advance so that the court hearing could be scheduled.  It will be conducted remotely through Zoom.  If you are an attorney who has such a case, contact me and I will forward you the ASA’s contacct information.

Lake County, IL extends COVID19 court closure until after Fourth of July

Lake County, Illinois has extended its court closure, extending it until July 6th for traffic and misdemeanor cases – more than a month longer than the current closures in Cook and DuPage Counties.

Here is a link to the courts’ order:

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. , 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: