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Illinois Woman Arrested For DUI After Celebrating Getting Her License Back After Her Last DUI



(Source) An Illinois woman who was arrested Friday for driving under the influence told police she had been drinking to celebrate the fact that she was getting her driver’s license back after a previous DUI arrest, police said.

A Riverside, Ill. Police officer observed the driver, Erin James, speeding around 2:10 a.m., a press release from Riverside Police said. After stopping James, the officer noticed she might have been under the influence of alcohol.

The 58-year-old driver failed multiple sobriety tests and was placed into custody, the release said.

At the Riverside Police Department, James provided a breath sample, which showed an alcohol content of .155, nearly double the legal limit of .08, police said.

While being processed on the DUI charge, James told the officer the reason she was drinking was to celebrate the fact that would be getting her license back from a DUI arrest in 2012, according to police.

“Ms. James purposely drove a car that she did not own to avoid the ignition lock device and was driving back from a Forest Park bar where she was celebrating that fact that she would finally have her driving privileges back after her 2012 conviction for DUI,” Riverside Police Chief Tom Weitzel said in a statement. “Ms. James is exactly the type of motorist I want kept off the road permanently under a new proposed habitual DUI law that I will be proposing in the very near future.”

Weitzel will propose James loses her driving privileges for 10 years, that her vehicle be confiscated and a that she serves a mandatory seven-year sentence upon conviction of repeat offenders, the release said.

James was expected to appear in court for a bond hearing Saturday morning.


Here’s my question. What kind of party was this? Like did someone organize an “Erin James gets her License back so let’s all get bombed and let Erin James drive again” event on facebook? Was this like a birthday party? Was their cake and birthday presents and shit? I’m honestly curious, I have no idea what a DUI party is like. Seems like one of those things you would want to try and keep under the radar. Maybe sip a glass of wine in your house and have a quiet toast with yourself. But clearly Erin James is committed to partying, so I have to imagine this was an absolute blast. Shots, and streamers, party hats and ice cream cake. Erin James just looks like one of those people that does not miss an opportunity for a good party. So pencil me in for 2022 when you get your license back Erin, I don’t go out to Riverside often (I never go out to Riverside) but I’ll make an exception for what should be the party of the century.


In reality Erin James was probably the hammered chick at the end of the bar that only talks to the bartender and shows everyone her pancake titties when someone buys her a birthday shot and then she goes to take a shit and her vagina slips out for everyone to see.