Chicago, IL – A Chicago woman has outdone herself by managing to get a DUI while en route to her mandated DUI class.
One woman’s DUI attorneys will really have their hands full with this case. Less than 24 hours ago, the Chicago Sun Times reports that Vanessa Vargas, age 23, was pulled over at about 5:30 pm in a western Cook County suburb. She was pulled over for driving almost double the speed limit, 45 mph in a 25-mph speed zone.
One officer noticed the pungent smell of marijuana and alcohol coming from her vehicle, which prompted them to ask her to complete a couple of routine sobriety tests. Unfortunately, the tests did not take long to administer considering the fact that Vargas could barely stand. She then proceeded to admit to both smoking weed and drinking alcohol while driving.
After failing not one, but two sobriety tests, the officers searched Vargas’ vehicle. They not only found an open beer can, but also about 18 grams of cannabis in her car. Vargas told the officers that she was on her way to a DUI class in Chicago, which was part of her plea deal from a completely separate DUI charge back in January 2016.
According to DMV.org, it is illegal for you to drive in the state of Illinois if your blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) is 0.08% or higher. This does not bode well for Vargas, considering the fact that the her BAC was 0.196% when she was pulled over yesterday, which is over double what the legal limit is.
As a result, Vargas now has four new charges for her DUI lawyers to deal with: driving with open alcohol, driving under the influence of alcohol and marijuana, possession of marijuana, and speeding.
After her first arrest back in January 2016, she had her license suspended. However, since all requirements had been fulfilled, it was reinstated when she got pulled over. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case after her tryst with law enforcement yesterday afternoon.
At the time of her new charges yesterday, Vargas was still under court supervision for her 2016 arrest. Police Chief Tom Weitzel revealed that Vargas did not even try to conceal the fact that she was driving drunk, smoking weed, and speeding on the way to her court-ordered DUI class. In fact, he shares that when she was questioned about her decisions leading up to this point, Vargas merely shrugged her shoulders and said “I guess I leaned my lesson.”
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