Woman accused of DUI, fleeing from police with child in car denied pretrial release

A DuPage County judge has ruled that a DeKalb woman accused of drinking and driving and fleeing Wheaton police with her 12-year-old daughter in the car must remain in custody as she waits to stand trial.

Brittany Getter, 33, was charged with one felony count of aggravated fleeing and eluding and 17 misdemeanor and petty traffic offenses, including DUI, endangering the health or life of a child, reckless driving, and transportation or possession of open alcohol by a driver.

Judge Joshua Dieden on Tuesday granted a prosecutors’ motion to deny pretrial release.

Police say Getter was driving a Ford Escape at 76 mph in a 35-mph zone near Roosevelt Road and Washington Street at about 1:30 a.m. on Monday.

When a Wheaton officer tried to conduct a traffic stop, police say, Getter did not pull over and continued driving westbound on Roosevelt Road with the officer in pursuit, running through multiple stoplights and driving on the wrong side of the road to avoid police-deployed spike strips.

Police stopped the pursuit out of safety concerns. But deputies from the Kane County sheriff’s office were able to stop the vehicle a short time later with spike strips.

Getter then allegedly refused to exit the vehicle, and Kane County SWAT had to respond to remove her. Officers said her eyes were bloodshot, and they detected an odor of alcohol on her breath.

They also said her 12-year-old daughter was in the back seat the entire time.

Officers found a half-empty bottle of tequila and two baggies of cannabis in the car, authorities said.

Getter’s next court appearance for arraignment is scheduled for June 3.

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