Man charged with DUI and aggravated speeding after crashing into new Arlington Hts police station

From the Chicago Tribune:

An Arlington Heights man who, police said, was speeding at 104 mph when he crashed recently into the village’s new police station has been charged.

Sam O. Kerlin, 44, of the 0-99 block of South Vail Avenue, was charged Nov. 16 with driving under the influence of drugs, speeding 35 mph or more over the speed limit, reckless driving and improper lane use, Arlington Heights police said in a statement.

The charges were filed after Kerlin was released from Northwest Community Hospital following treatment for injuries that he sustained during the one-vehicle crash on Nov. 11. The man told investigators last week while at the hospital that he had used cocaine and taken prescription drugs, including anti-depressants, shortly before the crash, which was captured on security cameras at the new police station, police said.

In the video, Kerlin can be seen driving a 2015 Volkswagen car at a high rate of speed west on Sigwalt Street around 5:30 p.m.

His car then veers off the road and flips over before crashing into the east side of the entrance of the new, $28 million police headquarters, which the police department was planning to move into later this month.

The construction project started during summer 2017 and was meant to replace the old station, which was originally built in 1979, with a modernized headquarters totaling 70,000 square feet.

Officials also were planning to host a grand opening event in late November for the new police station, which was built on the site of the old station at 200 E. Sigwalt St., but those plans since have been postponed to a later date, police have said.

Since the crash, an engineer also has assessed the building and determined that the damage was non-structural in nature, police said. Repair work is ongoing.

Woman tells officer she was driving to “sober up”

In a DUI case, the prosecution must prove that the defendant a) drove (or was in actual physical control of a motor vehicle) and b) was intoxicated.

So, telling an officer that you were driving to sober up is an admission to both of those elements.

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

A woman charged with driving under the influence on Friday night in west suburban Riverside told a police officer she was driving to a fast food restaurant to “sober up.”

The officer spotted 25-year-old Katherine L. Muhlenbruc’s 2000 Volkswagen about 4:15 p.m. when it crossed the center lane while traveling north in the 3600 block of Harlem Avenue, Riverside police said. She was pulled over near Harlem and Ogden avenues and told the officer she was coming from a bar in Darien and had done nothing wrong.

Muhlenbruc, of Franklin Park, then told the officer she was driving to a White Castle in Berwyn to “sober up,” police said. She failed a roadside sobriety check and a breath test determined her blood alcohol content was 0.115, nearly two times the legal limit.

Muhlenbruc told police she was not drunk and would have sobered up eventually if she continued to drive and was not stopped by the officer, police said.

She was charged with two counts of driving under the influence, driving without insurance, improper lane usage and driving in the wrong lane, police said.

Driving Drunk is Dangerous Enough, Don’t do it While Doing Topless Snapchats as well!


Here is a story about a college student who not only was alleged to have drove while intoxicated, she also was attempting to do a topless snapchat at the same time.

This didn’t work out too well for her.  She crashed into a squad car.

At least no one was injured.

Read the story here:

Like brother, like sister – two DUIs back to back

From Fox news:

Josue and Ercilia Moncada.

Josue and Ercilia Moncada.

A 41-year-old Florida woman defending her younger brother during a DUI arrest also was charged with drunken driving.

The arrests occurred along Interstate 75 near Ocala.

The Ocala Star-Banner reports officials issued a bulletin about a reckless driver heading south on the highway early Friday. A Florida Highway Patrol trooper spotted the vehicle and pulled it over.

According to an incident report, the trooper smelled alcohol on 31-year-old Josue Moncada and arrested him. Minutes later, Ercilia Moncada arrived in her vehicle and argued with the trooper over her brother’s arrest.

Another trooper was called to the scene, found her to be impaired and arrested her. She escaped from the patrol car, but was later captured.

They both face DUI charges.

Making it easy: Woman arrested for smoking pot outside police station

…while illegally parked in an officer’s car!

From the Chicago Tribune:

In what Riverside police are calling “probably the easiest cannabis arrest” they’ve ever made, a Chicago woman has been accused of smoking pot in her car outside the police station in a parking space reserved for squad cars.

According to a news release from the Riverside Police Department, Elizabeth Klebba, 21, on Monday was parked in a spot marked “police unit parking only” outside the station at 31 Riverside Road. She was waiting for a friend who on Saturday had been charged with DUI and who was attempting to retrieve her impounded vehicle.

When an officer approached the 2002 Toyota, Klebba was in the driver’s seat, the passenger window was open and the officer “could smell a very strong odor of cannabis coming from inside the vehicle,” according to the news release.

When Klebba exited her vehicle, she was asked if there was marijuana inside and replied there was, police said. The officer recovered a container with a substance that tested positive for marijuana, and two items used for smoking marijuana, both of which contained the substance, police said.

Klebba, of the 5900 block of South Karlov Avenue in Chicago, was cited under village ordinances for possession of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia and also for improper parking.

“To think that an individual would come into the police parking lot, park in a spot that was posted as ‘police unit parking only’ and then openly smoke cannabis is simply absurd,” Riverside police Chief Thomas Weitzel said.

“The smoking of cannabis and cannabis possession has become so commonplace in America today that individuals don’t give it a second thought as to where and when they smoke it — not even if it is in a police station parking lot,” he said.

Actually, Ms. Klebba got off easy.  Under Illinois law, she could have been charged with driving under the influence, because a) she was in “actual physical control” of a motor vehicle by sitting behind the wheel of her car and b) arguably had “any amount” of cannabis in her blood, breath or urine.  625 ILCS 5/11-501(a)(6). It is a sign of the times that this “zero tolerance” DUI law has been looked at with disfavor and is not consistently applied anymore.

Alleged Drunk Driver crashes into Lake Cty Sheriff’s Squad

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

A 67-year-old man was charged with DUI after he crashed into a Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy squad car early Monday in north suburban Beach Park.

Gregory G. Fowler, of the 38700 block of North Sheridan Road in Beach Park, was charged with a misdemeanor count of DUI and cited for failing to yield, according to a statement from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

At 2 a.m., the deputy was driving northbound on Sheridan Road approaching West Chaney Avenue in Beach Park, and Fowler was driving a 2001 Ford SUV headed southbound on Sheridan Road in the same area. Fowler made a left turn into the Beach Mobile Home Park directly in front of the sheriff’s squad car and the two cars crashed, police said.

No one was hurt in the crash.

Fowler was being held in the Lake County Jail on a $3,000 bond as of Monday afternoon.

Making it Easy: Man charged with DUI after slamming into police gate


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A man was arrested for driving under the influence after driving into a gate at the Metro Nashville Police Department’s West Precinct.

The man was driving his SUV on Charlotte Pike when he drove onto White Bridge Pike and slammed into the gate.

Officials said the man told them he thought he was on the onramp for Interstate 40. The freeway entrance and turn for White Bridge Pike are separated by just 100 feet.

The unidentified driver was not seriously hurt, but was charged with DUI.

Investigators said it was at least the driver’s third arrest for drunk driving.

Making it Easy: Man arrested for DUI after driving to police station to bail friend

From the Chicago Tribune (reporting by Carrie Napoleon):

A Merrillville man is facing alcohol-related charges after he tried to bail a friend who was arrested by Crown Point Police on drunken driving charges.

Brendon L. Luker, 27, of Merrillville, pulled into the parking lot of the Crown Point Police station at about 1:30 a.m. March 16 while Crown Point Police Officer Travis Thomas was completing paperwork, according to Assistant Police Chief James Janda.

Thomas saw Luker on the security camera pull into the parking lot and walk into the lobby of the police station, he said. As he was attempting to post bond for his friend, the dispatcher called Thomas to let him know the man in the station appeared intoxicated.

When Thomas met Luker in the lobby, he noticed the man smelled of alcohol. Luker denied drinking but failed field sobriety tests. A portable breathe analyzer registered a .182 BAC, Janda said.

Luker was arrested for operating while intoxicated. A sober friend later bonded him out, Janda said.

Two for One: both passenger and driver get DUIs after they switch seats in front of officer

From the Highland Park Patch:

Sudarshan France, 23, of the 2900 block of Gilead Avenue in Zion, was charged with driving under the influence, uninsured motor vehicle, no valid registration and driving while license suspended after being stopped by police near Old Elm Road and Skokie Valley Road at 4 a.m. Oct. 18.

Passenger Cory Rhinehart, 24, of the 38700 block of N. Sheridan Road in Beach Park, was also charged with DUI after being observed switching seats with France. Both France and Rhinehart were released on a personal recognizance bonds with court dates of Nov. 21.

Making it easy: Motorist flags down cop to say hello; gets charged with DUI

Maybe he thought everyone is so nice in the suburbs, he should be friendly too.

Unfortunately, flagging down a Riverside police officer to say “hello” did not work out well for Freddie Levinson.

After pulling up to a squad car to say “hello,” Levinson allegedly drove away in an “erratic” manner.  He was pulled over and arrested for DUI.  He is reported to have had a breath test result of 0.210, well over the “legal limit” of 0.08.  He was also cited for driving while suspended.

Read the whole story here.

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