Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- A Steger woman was charged with a DUI after she allegedly sped down the center turn lane on Western Avenue, drifted between lanes, and struck a curb, all with an infant in the back seat.
Keahnna M. Thompkins, 27, 3536 William St., Steger, was arrested on August 7 and issued traffic citations charging improper lane usage, failure to signal, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, violation of child restraint, and driving under the influence of alcohol. Ms. Thompkins was additionally charged with one count of endangering the life or health of a child, according to police.
An officer was traveling northbound on Western Avenue from Trail at 2:33 AM when he saw a car traveling southbound on Western Avenue from Main Street at a high rate of speed, according to police. Using his front-mounted radar unit the officer found that the vehicle was traveling at 55 mph in a posted 35 mph zone while driving in the center two-way turning lane, according to police.
The officer conducted a U-turn and began following the vehicle southbound. The vehicle was still driving in the center two-way turn lane but then maneuvered back into the left-hand lane, according to police. The officer activated his squad vehicle’s emergency lighting and attempted to catch up to the car. While traveling southbound after passing Indianwood Boulevard, the officer noted that the vehicle began to veer left and right in the left-hand lane, according to police. The vehicle then allegedly maneuvered into the curb lane without signaling, according to police.
The car then struck the curb near Court H-2, according to police.
The officer caught up to the car as it turned westbound onto Hemlock Street from Western Avenue. The officer was now able to identify the vehicle as a silver Pontiac and could read the car’s registration. The vehicle finally curbed on Hemlock Street just west of Western Avenue, according to police.
The officer approached the vehicle and spoke with the driver, identified as Keahnna M. Thompkins. Ms. Thompkins was unable to provide either a driver’s license or proof of insurance and stated that she did not have them on her person, according to police. The officer asked where she was coming from and Ms. Thompkins told the officer she had been at McDonald’s.
The officer noted an infant in the back seat in a front-facing child seat with no restraints on, according to police. The infant was 20 days old, according to the report.
The officer requested that Ms. Thompkins exit the vehicle and perform a standardized field sobriety test and she complied. Afterward, the officer informed her that she was under arrest on suspicion of DUI and she was taken into custody, according to police.
After being taken into custody, Ms. Thompkins “became irate and belligerent with officers and began yelling that if anything she was high on weed,” according to the report.
Ms. Thompkins was later released on an I-Bond and assigned a mandatory court appearance on September 27, 2022. Police provided Ms. Thompkins with all citations, the Illinois Warning to Motorist, Law Enforcement Sworn Report, Tow Report, and Administrative Vehicle Seizure, according to the report.
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