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Woman Arrested for DUI by Officer Who Warned Her Not To Drive Drunk: Blotter

A Chicago woman is facing a DUI charge after several people tried to convince her that she was too drunk to drive, according to a Mokena Police report.

A Chicago woman was warned by friends at a party and a Mokena Police officer that she’d be arrested for drunk driving if she drove, and was later arrested for driving drunk, according to a Mokena Police report.

Christie M. Powell, 47, of the 5200 block of S. Keating, Chicago, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol level greater than .08 and improper lane use.

On Dec. 29, police were called about a woman trying to leave a residence in the 11300 block of Abbey Road around 8:15 p.m. Other people there were asking her not to drive because she had been drinking, according to the report. The responding officer spoke to the woman and noticed her breath smelled like alcohol, she slurred her speech and had difficulty maintaining balance, police said. The woman, Powell, was told not to drive by the officer, and that she could be arrested if she did so.

About three minutes after leaving the residence, the officer was told that Powell was driving away from the house in a black Chevy SUV. The officer saw the vehicle and followed her, and saw her cross lane lines while driving, according to the report. The officer then pulled her over in the 20700 block of Wolf Road, police said.

Powell failed field sobriety tests and was arrested.

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Ty Conderoga January 15, 2014 at 10:36 AM
....or just take her keys. Her friends sure made the officer's night- easy DUI.
JaB January 15, 2014 at 11:16 AM
Some friends if they have to call the police on her! First they serve her, then they get her busted. Just take her keys and be done with it! Ron White is right..."you can't fix stupid". And sometimes you have to take control of a stupid drunk for their own safety and yours.
Nicole Erin January 15, 2014 at 08:59 PM
Couldn't taking someone's keys be considered theft? I've never been comfortable with that, unless someone voluntarily gives me their keys.
Chelsea Sims January 20, 2014 at 09:17 AM
I wold to agree with everyone taking someone's key could be the theft but it would stop her from getting a DUI on her permanent record if you were a good friend you would take their keys but you should not be charged with theft.
Kevin McTernan February 05, 2014 at 11:50 PM
Why didn't they call Paddy Wagons???? They would've drove her AND her car home.

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