Woman arrested for DUI was celebrating end of prior DUI restrictions, say Ill. police


(CBS) RIVERSIDE, Ill. - When 58-year-old Erin James was arrested last Friday for driving under the influence, police say she told them why she had been drinking.

She said she was out celebrating the fact that she would soon be getting her driver's license back, after a previous DUI arrest.

CBS Chicago reports that James was arrested around 2 a.m. on Friday after a Riverside police officer pulled her over for speeding. The officer thought the driver may have been under the influence of alcohol and conducted a field sobriety test.

According to CBS Chicago, James failed multiple sobriety tests and was later found to have a blood alcohol level of .15, nearly twice the legal limit of .08.

Police performed a check on her driver's license and found that it was already suspended stemming from a DUI arrest in 2012.

Riverside Police Chief Tom Weitzel said in a statement to CBS Chicago that James was supposed to be operating a vehicle with a breath alcohol ignition interlock device which would have prevented her from driving intoxicated.

James, of Brookfield, Ill., was arrested and charged with felony aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol.

No cause to celebrate.