Drunk Driver Avoids Jail Time After Driving 142 Miles Per Hour
An Illinois man who totaled his car after crashing into a Billboard while driving 142 miles per hour, drunk, has managed to walk away without facing any jail time.
via Chicago Tribune
A man who officials said was driving more than 140 mph with a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit has avoided jail time after pleading guilty to misdemeanor DUI and reckless driving.
Dean A. Suominen, 37, was sentenced to two years of supervision and was ordered to complete 100 hours of community service.
Suominen was cited on Jan. 10, 2012 after his Dodge Charger left the road and struck a billboard in the 500 block of Chamberlain Avenue in Naperville, City Prosecutor Mike DiSanto said.
Suominen’s blood alcohol level was .20, DiSanto said. The legal limit in Illinois is .08.
The car’s computer system indicated the car was traveling at 142 mph just before it left the road, the prosecutor said.
This guy most likely got off the hook because he didn’t injure anyone else with his bonehead decision-making, in addition to the fact that he plead guilty. Do you think he’ll learn not to drunk drive with this lesser punishment? Or should they have sent him to the slammer?
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