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Police: Brookfield woman charged with DUI was celebrating license return

Published: Saturday, May 4, 2013 2:06 p.m. CDT • Updated: Sunday, May 5, 2013 11:28 p.m. CDT
Erin James, 58, of Brookfield, faces felony DUI charges. (Photo provided)

RIVERSIDE – A Brookfield woman facing felony driving under the influence of alcohol charges told police she was drinking to celebrate the return of her driving privileges after losing them due to a previous DUI, according to a news release from the Riverside Police Department.

Erin James, 58, of Brookfield, was stopped by Riverside police for speeding at 2:10 a.m. Friday in the 3400 block of South Harlem Avenue and charged with felony aggravated DUI.

James failed field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest, police said. A breath sample revealed her blood alcohol content to be 0.155, nearly twice the legal limit.

At the time of her arrest Friday, James' driver's license was suspended due to a 2012 DUI in North Riverside. James allegedly told police she had been drinking at a Forest Park bar to celebrate the upcoming return of her license.

James is prohibited from driving vehicles without an installed breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID) to prevent drunken driving, police said. The car she was driving during her Friday arrest was not her own and did not have an installed BAIID.

Riverside Police Chief Tom Weitzel said in the release that drivers such as James have motivated him to consider proposing a habitual DUI law in the near future that will include 10-year driving privilege losses, vehicle confiscation and a seven-year sentence for repeat offenders.

James appeared in court for a bond hearing Saturday morning.

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