West Dundee woman found in Rolling Meadows picks up second DUI charge in 4 months

 
 
Updated 11/9/2018 7:38 PM
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A 33-year-old West Dundee woman who has a pending DUI case from July was charged with another DUI early Friday after a Rolling Meadows police officer discovered her in the driver's seat of a running car, unconscious across the steering wheel.

Authorities say her car was found parked across two spaces in a parking lot on the 2100 block of Plum Grove Road.

Isabelle Garrity faces new charges of aggravated DUI, aggravated driving on a suspended license and possession of a controlled substance. She was ordered held on $100,000 bail Friday afternoon. Prosecutors say if she posts bail, she must remain on electronic home monitoring and wear a Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring or SCRAM device, which detects the presence of alcohol in sweat.

Prosecutors say police received a call around midnight Thursday about a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot. When an officer knocked on the car window to get Garrity's attention, she looked at him with red, bloodshot eyes and fell back asleep, said Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Ryan DeGroot.

After a second attempt by the officer, Garrity rolled down the window, and the officer detected a "heavy odor of an alcoholic beverage," DeGroot said. Asked for her driver's license, Garrity turned off the ignition, threw the keys on the ground and climbed over the center console to the front passenger seat, DeGroot said.

Outside the car, Garrity required the officer's assistance to stand, DeGroot said. She performed one field sobriety test but refused to perform the others, authorities said.

During a search of the car, officers found a plastic bag with three green pills for which the defendant had no prescription.

Garrity's background includes a 2014 DUI conviction, for which she was sentenced to three years in prison, DeGroot said. She received two misdemeanor DUI convictions from Missouri in 2014 and one from New York in 2008, DeGroot said.

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