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Representative Ramey pleads guilty to DUI


09/26/11
Ramey pleads guilty to DUI after plea bargain

By Cindy Lenart
  Illinois State Representative Harry “Randy” Ramey appeared in the 18th Judicial Circuit Court, DuPage County on Monday, Sept. 26, entering a plea of guilty on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol for an incident that occurred on Sunday, Aug. 28, in Carol Stream.
  Ramey’s guilty plea came as part of a plea bargain in exchange for dropping additional charges of improper lane usage and blood alcohol content over .08.
  Since Ramey is a first-time offender, the judge, Honorable Richard D. Russo, agreed to the deal.
  Ramey’s attorney, Scott R. Marquardt, Marquardt & Belmonte, P.C., Wheaton, also negotiated a settlement that includes one year of driver’s license suspension, counseling, 100 hours of community service, and a fine of $1,750, plus court costs.
  After the brief court appearance, Ramey stood quietly answering no questions. His attorney said that Ramey’s only statement at this time was that “he understands he made a mistake.”
  Ramey was arrested at 2:10 a.m. on Aug. 28, while driving westbound in the area of Lies Road and Bedford in Carol Stream.
  He reportedly failed four field sobriety tests. A preliminary breath test given at the scene reportedly indicated a blood alcohol content of .204.
  According to the police report, Ramey agreed to another breathalyzer test at the police station, which showed a blood alcohol level of .179. That test was administered at 3:25 a.m., 75 minutes after the arrest.
  According to Illinois law, .08 is the measurement of blood concentration level at which drivers are considered intoxicated and are prohibited from driving on Illinois roadways.
  Penalties increase when blood alcohol levels measure greater than .16.
  Ramey is among the 83 percent of all drivers arrested for DUI that are first-time offenders.




09/21/11
Ramey due in court Sept. 26 on DUI charges

By Cindy Lenart
  State Representative Harry R. "Randy" Ramey is expected to appear in the 18th District Judicial Court, DuPage County, at 9 a.m., Monday, Sept. 26, to answer to charges of driving while intoxicated, blood alcohol content over .08, and improper lane usage.
  Ramey could face consequences including a one-year minimum loss of driving privileges, a possible relief of driving privileges, possible jail time up to 12 months, a mandatory minimum of 100 hours of community service and fines between $500 and $2,500 for first-time offenders who register blood alcohol levels of .16 or higher, according to the DUI fact book provided by the Illinois Secretary of State.
  Ramey was arrested at 2:10 a.m. on Aug. 28, while driving westbound in the area of Lies Road and Bedford in Carol Stream.
  According to Carol Stream Police reports, officers witnessed a red GMC pickup truck crossing the lane markings separating the east and westbound lanes prior to making the traffic stop.
  Officer Brian Plackett reported that Ramey slurred his words and smelled of alcohol-based beverages on his breath. His eyes were also reportedly bloodshot and glassy, and his pupils were dilated. According to the report, Ramey also wore a wristband advertising Ice House beer.
  Ramey was given four field sobriety tests, including a horizontal gaze nystagmus, walk and turn test, one leg stand test, and alphabet test.
  He reportedly failed all four tests. Specifics of these tests are not available due to limitations outlined in the Freedom of Information Act, but a preliminary breath test given at the scene reportedly indicated a blood alcohol content of .204.
  After being transported to the police station, according to the report, Ramey agreed to another breathalyzer test, taken at 3:25 a.m., which showed a blood alcohol level of .179.
  Ramey was charged with the three offenses, provided with copies of his paperwork, and released on an individual bond.
  Based on Illinois State Statute, Ramey faces a mandatory three-month driver’s license suspension for failing chemical testing. That suspension goes into effect 45 days after the incident.
  Other penalties on the charges will   likely be determined by a judge in court next Monday.
  According to Illinois law, .08 is the measurement of blood concentration level at which drivers are considered intoxicated and are prohibited from driving on Illinois roadways.
  According to the DUI Fact Book, consequences increase when the BAC measures .16 or greater. More than 50 percent of Illinois drivers that are arrested for DUI register .15 or greater, and are 380 times more likely to be involved in an automobile crash, the book says.
  To register a blood alcohol content of .08, an average 170-pound male must drink about four drinks on an empty stomach within one hour. One beer, glass of wine or shot of hard liquor constitutes one drink, according to the fact book.
  Eighty-three percent of all drivers arrested for DUI are first-time offenders, similar to Ramey. Penalties increase for repeat offenders.



08/31/2011
Representative Ramey charged with .179 DUI
By Matt Gentile 
  State Rep. Harry R. "Randy" Ramey was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. 
  Ramey was pulled over by the Carol Stream Police Department at 2:10 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28 while heading westbound on Lies Road, according to the department’s report.
  Police Chief Kevin Orr said Ramey was pulled over for improper lane usage and drifting into oncoming traffic. 
  Ramey blew a 0.179 on a breathalyzer test, which is a little over twice the legal limit. He was then released on an individual bond, which promises he will arrive in court, said Orr. 
  “He was very, very cooperative,” Orr said during a phone interview Tuesday, Aug. 30. “He was given four sobriety tests and failed all of them.”
  House Republican Spokeswoman Vicki Crawford had no new details to give but said that Ramey was “at a restaurant bar visiting the owner.”
  Ramey, 48, took over as chairman of the DuPage County’s Republican Party in July, filling in for Former chairman Dan Cronin.


From the Illinois Secretary of State 
DUI 2005 Fact Book


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