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Man arrested for DUI after truckers stop his vehicle

Not all arrests for driving under the influence in Illinois happen after a law enforcement traffic stop or after an accident and an investigation. In some instances, civilians will believe a driver is under the influence and take steps to stop the driver from continuing in what is believed to be a DUI. When this happens, the driver will likely be arrested when law enforcement arrives. In cases like this, it is imperative that drivers remember their rights to a DUI defense.

According to a recent report, a man was arrested for DUI after his minivan was alleged to have been swerving on the road and two semi-truck drivers boxed it in and stopped it. The incident occurred in the mid-afternoon at around 3:30 p.m. Two callers to law enforcement stated that the vehicle was being operated recklessly. A third caller alerted law enforcement when the minivan hit the median on the road. The driver is said to have gotten back in the vehicle and driven slowly until the two truckers acted. Law enforcement arrived and arrested the 33-year-old man. He was charged with DUI for drugs.

Suspected drug dealer released from custody without posting bond

When a drug suspect is arrested, the duration of immediate incarceration often depends upon the person's ability to post whatever bond is ordered by the court. Occasionally, the requirement of posting a bond will be waived by the court, and the suspect may leave police custody immediately, with the only condition being that the person return for the preliminary hearing. In a recent case involving a suspected drug dealer, a federal magistrate overruled a state court order for a bond and allowed the suspect to be set free.

The suspect was originally charged in Madison County Court on March 5 with three counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school. The substance was allegedly cocaine, and the man was ordered held in the Madison County jail unless he posted a bond of $200,000. Each charge carries a potential sentence of six to 30 years in prison. The suspect was then charged with the same three crimes in federal court in Southern Illinois. He was taken to the federal courthouse in East St. Louis for a preliminary hearing. The federal magistrate judge who conducted the hearing did not require the defendant to post a bond, and he was returned to Madison County.

Can I share my prescription meds?

It is no secret that the medical community and law enforcement are concerned about the growing opioid crisis. The overprescribing of painkillers has resulted in addiction for many patients, and substance abuse can cause people to take risks they would not normally take. If those with addictions to painkillers are unable to obtain the drugs through a legal prescription, they may seek to purchase pills through other means.

The government controls the manufacturing and distribution of many opioid medications in an attempt to prevent dangerous circumstances, such as overdoses and crime that often escalates in areas where drug use is prevalent. Some of the controls over drugs make it a crime to possess or use medications that a doctor did not prescribe for you.

Pharmacy bag used in bank robbery may be key evidence

Police use a variety of methods to identify suspected criminals. One of the most common is closed-circuit TV cameras. Sometimes, the cameras provide a high-resolution facial photo and sometimes the cameras reveal more mundane items that can lead to an arrest. In a recent bank robbery in Benton, a pharmacy bag led police to a man who allegedly used a toy pistol to steal $12,500.

According to reports, the man entered the bank and walked up to a teller. He displayed what the teller took to be a handgun. The man told the teller to fill a plastic bag with cash. The teller complied, placing $12,500 into the bag. The man then left the bank without making any obvious attempts to hide his identity.

Attempt to steal truck foiled by owner's gunshots

One of the principal issues in the current debate over gun control laws is whether gun ownership makes homeowners and their property safe from robbery and other crimes. A recent incident near Belleville provides at least some anecdotal evidence to support the advocates for minimal restrictions on firearm ownership.

According to reports, a homeowner was awakened during the night by noises at the front door, and he went to the door to investigate. The man was carrying his 9mm pistol. After opening the door, he saw a man trying to drive away in his pickup truck, which was parked in the driveway. He heard the truck's engine start and he saw the truck begin to move. The homeowner stood in the driveway and fired two shots at the windshield of the truck as it moved toward him. Neither shot hit the truck or the alleged thief, but the thief reversed direction and tried to back out of the driveway. He hit two other vehicles that were parked in the driveway, and he abandoned the truck and attempted to flee on foot.

Two men arrested in connection with robbery of auto mechanic

Police departments in the Belleville area generally issue a press release after they arrest the suspect in a major crime. The press release usually contains a description of the crime, identifies the suspect and describes how police found the suspect. In a recent arrest in Belleville, the press release appears to raise more questions than it answers.

The crime in question involved the daylight robbery of an auto mechanic who had been called to repair a disabled vehicle. The victim told police that he was approached by three men and robbed at gunpoint. The police statement says that the victim was shot in the hand, but the how and why of the shooting were not disclosed. After the three men left the crime scene, the victim began to drive his car to obtain treatment for his wound. He was intercepted by an emergency services vehicle that was on its way to the crime scene. The EMTs took the victim to a nearby hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Major Case Squad called in to investigate teenage shooting

In 1965, police departments in the Greater St. Louis Area formed the Major Case Squad to help with the investigations of serious crimes. The agency now comprises 119 separate police departments, including the Belleville Police Department. Any of the cooperating police departments can ask the Major Case Squad for assistance, and the requesting department will be assigned highly trained investigators and other experts to assist in the investigation. The MCS was recently called in to help the Cahokia Police Department investigate the shooting of three teenagers.

Three teenage boys were shot on a Cahokia street on the evening of July 1. One of the boys died from his wounds, and the other two are presently in critical condition. Police believe that the victims were acquainted with each other, but no details were released. An MCS investigation unit was activated soon after the shootings were discovered. The Illinois State Police Crime Scene Investigation Unit inspected the crime scene at 15 Westwood Drive, but they cleared the site after a few hours. Investigators are apparently searching for one or more suspects who may have fired the shots.

Belleville man charged with sexual abuse of two 14-year-old girls

Sexual abuse can come to light in many ways. One of the most common is an allegation of sexual abuse made to a health care professional. Medical care givers are required to report such allegations to the police. A recent incident involving a teen-age girl's statement to a medical professional has resulted in nearly a dozen charges of sexual abuse being levied at a Belleville man.

Two girls, both 14 years old, claim that the suspect forced them to have sex with him and to perform sexual acts for him. The police investigation showed that the abuse happened in both Mascoutah and Belleville. The investigation also led police to conclude that some of the incidents occurred in Scheve Park in Mascoutah. Surveillance cameras in the park and in a nearby private home allegedly provided crucial information to police.

Your driving habits matter for your CDL -- on or off the clock

When you got your commercial driver's license, your livelihood became all about driving. If something happens that threatens your CDL, it could mean that you won't be able to make a living, at least for a while.

Obviously, if you drive for a living, your driving habits take on greater significance. It doesn't matter whether you are in your personal vehicle or a commercial vehicle. What may be minor traffic violations and inconveniences for other drivers may be devastating for you. This makes contesting any tickets you receive of paramount importance.

Man accused of defacing graves is found unfit to stand trial

The mental state of a defendant in any criminal trial in Madison County is an important issue. All defendants are initially presumed to be fit to stand trial, but if the court finds that the defendant is unable to understand the proceedings and assist in his defense, the defendant may be declared mentally unfit to stand trial.

A resident of Glen Carbon was recently charged with defacing more than 200 grave markers by painting swastikas on them. He was also charged with painting swastikas on private homes, cars and three churches. At an initial hearing on June 1, a judge found that there was "bona fide doubt" about the man's fitness to stand trial, and the judge ordered him to undergo a psychiatric evaluation by a court-appointed psychologist.

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