A Chicago DUI suspect and a passenger in his car found out the hard way that "anything you say can and will be used against you" during an arrest. According to police, they recorded the man drunkenly talking to himself about going to his residence in order to hide various contraband items, which ultimately included a sawed-off shotgun and illicit drugs.
Police stopped the man at 2:09 a.m. last Friday in the Chicago suburb of Riverside. Allegedly, the man was driving erratically while speeding. Officers found that the 25-year-old had slurred speech and smelled strongly of alcohol. He also failed his field sobriety test, and even though he refused a Breathalyzer test, officers decided to arrest him on DUI charges.
Passenger Also Gave Away Secrets
Police secured the man in the back seat of their parked patrol car, and turned on a video camera to record his activities, while they tended to a passenger in the suspect's vehicle. The man started talking to himself while the officer was away. He talked about having to get to his house in order to dispose of his weapons and drugs.
The female passenger in the man's car was found to have outstanding warrants for her arrest relating to a traffic offense and DUI. She was subsequently arrested and put in the back seat of the police cruiser with the driver.
While driving to the station, the passenger also talked about methamphetamine, which she had concealed from arresting officers in a body cavity. After getting to the station, police watched the video and learned about the weapons and drugs at the DUI driver's home and they also learned of the hidden drugs in the passenger's body cavity. A body cavity search of the female passenger soon revealed the methamphetamine.
Both Driver and Passenger Face Multiple Charges
Later, officers obtained a search warrant to scour the man's home for contraband. In the home, they found marijuana, cocaine, drug manufacturing and drug delivery paraphernalia, a sawed-off shotgun and ammunition.
The driver has since been charged with a slew of offenses, including: improper lane usage following a traffic stop, speeding, DUI, possession of marijuana and cocaine, unlawful use of a firearm after a felony conviction, delivery and manufacturing of cocaine and marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession. Meanwhile, the woman was charged with obstruction of police, possession of meth and police are also processing her under her previous arrest warrants.
If convicted of the criminal charges, both the man and woman in this case could be sentenced to spend years in prison. However, they will be entitled to a criminal defense, which could serve to help them reduce the threat and/or severity of punishments relating to their charges.
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