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Another nice news story about our (dys)functional legal system.
Officials: Elgin woman charged with 6th DUI
Bond was set at $100,000 today for an Elgin woman who authorities said was arrested for DUI for a sixth time.
Sandra L. Uher, 54, of the 1200 block of Maroon Drive, was charged after officials said she ran a stop sign at Shales Parkway and Summit Street in Elgin and struck another car at about 11:30 a.m. Monday.
The 6th DUI charge is an automatic Class X felony under Illinois law, prompting Judge Bridget Hughes to set the high bond in Cook County’s Rolling Meadows branch court. Conviction on a Class X charge means a minimum six years in prison.
Uher and the female driver of the other car were taken to Sherman Hospital in Elgin for treatment of minor injuries, said Assistant State’s Attorney Bill Cotter. He said police noticed the smell of alcohol on Uher’s breath, and a test showed her blood-alcohol level to be .30, more than three times the legal limit.
The prosecutor said Uher was sentenced to 18 months in prison in 2005 for a felony DUI conviction and has four other DUI convictions dating back to 1999, Cotter said. She was once arrested twice for DUI on the same day, officials said.