Ramey pleads guilty in DUI case
DuPage County Republican chairman and state Rep. Randy Ramey pleaded guilty Monday to driving under the influence and was fined $1,750 and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service.
The six-year state representative, elected to take the helm of the county party in late July, also was placed on one year of supervision and ordered to attend counseling and participate on a victim impact panel.
"I pleaded guilty and I'll go forward," Ramey said shortly after exiting the courtroom.
His attorney, Scott Marquardt, said Ramey, 49, is ready to put the August incident behind him.
"Mr. Ramey has admitted he made a mistake and has accepted full responsibility for his actions," Marquardt said. "He's ready to move on toward the completion of his sentence."
Carol Stream police Chief Kevin Orr previously said Ramey was stopped at 2:10 a.m. on Aug. 28 because "he was basically crossing over the centerline on Lies Road" near Bedford Drive.
Orr said Ramey failed four field sobriety tests before being taken to the police station, where a breath test recorded a .179 percent blood-alcohol concentration, more than twice the legal threshold.
Ramey, a Carol Stream resident, announced on Sept. 19 that he intends to make a bid for the Illinois Senate in 2012 instead of an effort for re-election to the House. Ramey sponsored legislation that would allow local police to use DUI fines to buy equipment that helps prevent alcohol crimes.