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Illinois police officer and his dog killed in DUI crash

An Illinois police officer and his canine companion were struck and killed by a DUI driver on Oct. 30. The officer was a U.S. Air Force veteran who had been with the police force since 2007. A statement released by Pontiac police said the officer was an honorable and dedicated man who was deeply committed to law enforcement.

Illinois driver kills woman, makes partial plea deal

A young Illinois woman will soon accept a prison sentence for causing an automobile accident that killed one person and injured others. Assessments proved that the 23-year-old driver was under the influence of both bath salts and marijuana at the time of the incident, which led to her being charged with aggravated driving under the influence (DUI).

Illinois man enters guilty plea mid-trial

An Illinois man facing DUI charges in connection with an accident that killed a Trenton woman pleaded guilty mid-trial in Madison County Circuit Court on July 19. The man was facing multiple charges in relation to the fatal drunk driving accident. He pleaded guilty to two of the four DUI charges: aggravated DUI resulting in great bodily harm and resulting in death. According to the Madison County State's Attorney's Office, he will be sentenced to serve 42 months in prison for each count, and the sentences will run concurrently.

27-year-old driver pleads guilty to DUI

The authorities in Will County, Illinois have stated that the 27-year-old driver involved in a fatal traffic crash has pleaded guilty regarding his charges of driving while under the influence of alcohol. The fatal accident that occurred in 2011 resulted in the deaths of two elderly women. The man had been said to be driving near Peotone on August 28 when he moved into oncoming traffic.

Illinois boot camp program sometimes fails

Illinois boot camp programs for non-violent DUI offenders are not always effective. After injuring an elderly Hampshire couple in a drunk driving motor vehicle accident back in 2010, a former South Elgin man ended up back in court, representing himself in an effort to have a $100,000 bond reduced on for a 2012 drunk driving charge. The man was originally sentenced to five years in prison for severely injuring the accident victims, but was determined to be eligible for the boot camp program that significantly reduces an offender's sentence.

Man charged with reckless homicide after striking bicyclist

An Illinois man is facing multiple charges involving driving while under the influence and reckless homicide after striking and killing a bicyclist. The victim was reportedly heading home from work when the motor vehicle accident occurred. The bicyclist was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

18-year-old Illinois woman dies in DUI-related crash

An 18-year-old Warrenville woman was killed in a car accident on the evening of April 25 when the SUV in which she was riding as a passenger rolled over. The driver, a 31-year-old male, was later charged with driving under the influence. After being transported to a local hospital from the scene of the accident, the female passenger died from the injuries she received in the car accident. The driver was also transported to the hospital for minor injuries.

Illinois woman shares personal drunk driving story with students

An Illinois woman hopes to reduce drunk driving this prom season by sharing the story of her own alcohol-induced car accident. Seneca Beverage Company is even bringing the woman to high schools in New York from April 30 to May 2 to share her story. She has been giving her presentation for over eight years and has presented to approximately 40,000 students. At one time the woman was a gifted college volleyball player, but she eventually dropped out of school and accepted a job as a bartender. On Aug. 23, 2003, the then-21-year-old drove home with a blood-alcohol level nearly four times the legal limit. The life-changing car accident occurred when she went off the road and missed her exit. Her car rolled four times, and she was thrown through the back window. 

IL man convicted of aggravated DUI that resulted in one death

An Illinois man has been convicted on four charges ranging from disorderly conduct to aggravated DUI. The bench trial lasted for four days. His next court appearance, on April 22, is a pre-sentencing hearing, and he could find himself in prison for a maximum of 29 years.According to authorities, the motor vehicle accident started with road rage on June 13, 2012. The man got angry with a teenage driver and began driving erratically and following her car. He decided to make a left turn, which resulted in him driving into oncoming traffic.

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