A 58-year-old Brookfield woman charged by Riverside police Friday for driving under the influence said she had been out celebrating the imminent return of her driver’s license from an earlier drunk driving conviction.
According to a news release from the Riverside Police Department, Erin James, 58, was charged after she was stopped for speeding at 2:10 a.m. Friday in the 3400 block of South Harlem Avenue. The release said that when she later underwent a breath test at the department, her blood alcohol level was 0.155 percent; the legal limit is 0.08.
In the release, police said that James’ driver’s license had been suspended in 2012 after a DUI arrest in North Riverside and that she had told a Riverside officer she had been out celebrating at a Forest Park bar the fact that she would be getting her license back from the 2012 arrest.
Riverside Police Chief Tom Weitzel said in the release that James was supposed to be driving a vehicle that included a breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID) and was purposely driving a vehicle lacking that device.
“The fact that she was driving a vehicle not equipped with a BAIID shows that she had every intent of drinking and getting behind the wheel,” Weitzel said in the release.
James is scheduled to appear in Central Bond Court today.
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