Woman Celebrates Return of DUI-Lost License—With DUI

Chicago woman said she was partying at a bar before arrest

By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff

Posted May 6, 2013 5:32 PM CDT | Updated May 6, 2013 5:41 PM CDT

(Newser) – When preemptively celebrating the return of a driver's license lost to a DUI, most people might attempt to, say, not drink and drive. Or get pulled over. While speeding. With BAC at twice the legal limit. Nevertheless, police say that's the predicament Chicago-area woman Erin James found herself in on Friday, reports the Chicago Tribune, when they pulled her over and she blew a .155%.

Cops say James let it slip that she'd been out at a bar feting her soon-to-be-returned license, which was suspended in a 2012 drunk driving incident that required her vehicle to be equipped with a breath alcohol ignition interlock device, known as a BAIID. Guess which car she was driving? Not that one! "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," says the local police chief in a statement. Even so, she's not the worst menace on the roads of Illinois.

This mugshot from May 4, 2013 shows Erin James, 58
This mugshot from May 4, 2013 shows Erin James, 58   (Riverside Police)
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