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Police: Woman in DUI arrest was celebrating end of license suspension for prior DUI

Riverside Police

Erin James, 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.

An Illinois woman who was arrested early Friday morning 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 police officer in the Chicago suburb of Riverside observed the driver, Erin James, speeding around 2:10 a.m. Friday, a press release from Riverside Police said. After stopping James, the officer suspected she might be under the influence of alcohol.


The 58-year-old driver, a resident of Brookfield, failed multiple field sobriety tests and was taken into custody, police said.

At the Riverside Police Department, James provided a breath sample, which showed an alcohol content of 0.155, 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 was 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 habitual DUI law that I will be proposing in the very near future."