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DUI Roundup: 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' Bears Repeating for New Year’s Eve

DUI Roundup information was supplied by area police departments during the week prior to Dec. 27, 2013. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

If you missed the message last week, it bears repeating: If you drive drunk, the consequences will be heavy.


Through Jan. 5, 2014, law enforcement officers from across the area will be out in force for the state’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown on drunken drivers.


High-visibility alcohol a d seat-belt enforcement will be part of the statewide crackdown that aims to keep drunken drivers off Illinois roadways and, if they do drive, to stop them before someone is seriously injured or killed.


Authorities say the holiday season is particularly deadly because of the increase in drunken drivers.


The consequences of getting pulled over can be costly. There’s the loss of your driver’s license, and potential jail time, and significant expenses such as increased insurance premiums, attorney fees and court costs, lost time at work, and potentially the loss of a job. There’s also the social stigma associated with a drunken driving conviction.


So, if you’re going to drink, take a cab or catch a ride with a designated driver.


BATAVIA


Nothing to report.



CLARENDON HILLS


Nothing to report.


DARIEN


Nothing to report.


DOWNERS GROVE


Nothing to report.


ELMHURST


DEC. 22:

  • Samantha N. Strawbridge, 18, 523 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst, was arrested and charged with zero tolerance DUI and driving without a license after police responded to a loud party on Vallette and Spring at 3:56 a.m. Police pulled over her black Lincoln LS for disobeying a traffic control device sign. A passenger also was arrested and charged with consumption of alcohol by a minor. They were released on bond.

  • Michael Merrinette, 23, 1112 Highridge, Lombard, was arrested and charged with DUI after police pulled over his black Chevrolet Silverado for improper lane use, failure to signal and driving too fast for conditions at Lake Street and Route 83 at 2:07 a.m. He was released on bond.


DEC. 21: Jerry Kelly, 53, 583 N. Emroy, Elmhurst, was arrested and charged with DUI after a police officer on patrol saw his white Chrysler Town and Country striking the safety cones at Melrose and North Avenue at 2:36 a.m. He also was charged with improper lane use and disobeying a traffic signal. He was released on bond.


DEC. 20: Caroline Hollis, 28, 1185 S. Walnut, Arlington Heights, was arrested and charged with DUI after police pulled over her Nissan Altima for improper lane use at Butterfield and York at 11:56 p.m. She was released on bond.


DEC. 19: Sebastian Filimowicz, 40, 3940 N. Newcastle, Chicago, was arrested and charged with DUI after police pulled over his gray Nissan Rogue for disobeying a traffic signal and improper lane use at North and Emroy at 9:59 p.m. He was released on bond.


GENEVA


DEC. 13: Geneva police arrested Helen Schletz, 48, of North Aurora on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol around 8:14 p.m. Dec. 13 at the intersection of Kaneville Road and Peck Road, reports said. She has a court date of Jan. 8.


GLEN ELLYN


DEC. 20: Andria R. Steward, 29, 1265 S. Lloyd, Lombard, was arrested and charged with DUI, driving without a license, driving without insurance, possession of drug paraphernalia and no registration after police pulled her over for failure to signal and driving without headlights at Roosevelt and Interstate 355 at 10:06 p.m.


DEC. 18: James M. Stay, 65, 1109 Wigtown Court, Wheaton, was arrested and charged with DUI, driving without a license and driving without insurance after police pulled him over for failure to yield at Roosevelt and Royal Glen at 7:33 p.m.


DEC. 15: James M. Piske, 49, 208 N. Montclair Ave., Glen Ellyn, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after police pulled him over for improper lane use on the 200 block of Monclair at 6:12 p.m.


HINSDALE


DEC. 22: Daniel F. Mahaney, 46, of the 0-100 block of Sorrel Court, Zionsville, IN, was charged with DUI after he was observed to be under the influence of alcohol during an 11:33 p.m. traffic stop near the intersection of Garfield Street and Hinsdale Avenue, and failed an ensuing breath test, police said. He was released to appear in court.


LA GRANGE


Nothing to report


LEMONT


Nothing to report.


LISLE


Nothing to report.


NAPERVILLE


DEC. 21:


  • Matthew S. Beese, 30, of Naperville, was arrested at 1;42 a.m. in the 1700 block of West Ogden Avenue, police said. He was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. He posted bond.

  • Luis Mauricio Lozano, 33, of Plainfield, was arrested at 2:20 p.m. near Tamarack Avenue and South Washington Street, police said. He was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. He posted bond.

  • Rigobert Herrera-Camarena, 38, of Naperville, was arrested at 10:31 p.m. near Aurora Avenue and South West Street, police said. He was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. He posted bond.

DEC. 22:

  • Kara Ray Parrilli, 25, of Montgomery, was arrested at 2:18 a.m. near Brookdale Road and North Route 59, police said. She was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. She posted bond.

  • Glen Tyrone Chambers, 25, of Carol Stream, was arrested at 4:56 a.m. near East 75th Street and Washington Street, police said. He was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. He posted bond.


OAK PARK


Nothing to report.


ST. CHARLES


DEC. 22: Dariusz Gorski, 48, of the 2000 block of 19th Street, Melrose Park, was charged at 7:31 p.m. on the 1500 block of East Main Street with driving under the influence of alcohol, no insurance, and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Police responded to an accident in which Gorksi’s vehicle had rear-ended another vehicle that had stopped for a red light. Gorski posted his driver’s license and $100 cash bond and a $50 booking fee and was released pending a court appearance.


DEC. 22: Matthew J. Keen, 24, of the 41W600 block of Wayne Drive, St. Charles, was charged at 12:13 a.m. on the 3400 block of West Main Street with DUI, and improper lane use. He posted his driver’s license and $100 cash bond and was released pending a Jan. 22, 2014 Kane County Court appearance.


WHEATON


Nothing to report.


WOODRIDGE


Nothing to report.


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