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DUI Enforcement Campaign Netting Results This Holiday Season

Campaign continues through New Year's Eve.

As Elmhurst police continue their DUI enforcement campaign, eight more arrests for drunken driving were reported between Dec. 28 and 30. Extra officers will continue to be on the street through the overnight hours Dec. 31-Jan. 1.

The following DUI arrests were reported Friday through Sunday:

Francisco Barraza, 43, 1725 N. 20th Ave., Melrose Park, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and illegal transportation of alcohol after his Ford Escort was involved in an accident at Butterfield and Mitchell at 2:02 p.m. Dec. 28. He also was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. He was released on bond.

Matthew M. Linden, 29, 156 S. Wisconsin Ave., Villa Park, was arrested and charged with DUI after police pulled over his gray Ford Explorer for speeding, failure to signal and improper lane use at Butterfield Road and Prospect at 1:04 a.m. Dec. 29. He was released on bond.

Related: How Many Drinks Will Get You A DUI? [Chart]

Stacey R. Harms, 30, 308 S. Caroline Ave. SE, Washington, D.C., was arrested and charged with DUI after police pulled over her black Honda Pilot for speeding and improper lane use at York and Crescent at 1:06 a.m. Dec. 29. She was released on bond.

Marvin F. Vasquez, 37, 3335 W. Diversey Apt. 333, Chicago, was arrested and charged with DUI, driving without a license and illegal transportation of alcohol after police pulled over his green Toyota Corolla at North Avenue and Route 83 at 1:41 a.m. Dec. 29. Police said he was pulled over for "drinking while driving." He was released on bond. Ruben Vera-Ortiz, 27, 6640 N. Clark, First Floor, Chicago, and Oscar Cornejo-Hernandez, 30, 3027 N. Davlin Apt. 2, Chicago, were cited for illegal transportation of alcohol and released at the scene.

Steven J. Rusinowski, 29, 4832 St. Paul Court, Hillside, was arrested and charged with DUI after police pulled over his black Mitsubishi Lancer for speeding at York and Wrightwood at 1:38 a.m. Dec. 30. He was released on bond.

William L. Gess, 28, 6469 Apache Drive, Indian Head Park, was arrested and charged with DUI after police pulled over his gray Volkswagon Jetta for improper lane use and failure to signal at York and Roosevelt at 2:10 a.m. Dec. 30. He was released on bond.

Zachary M. Champagne, 34, 118 W. Virginia St. Apt. 18, was arrested and charged with DUI after police pulled over his black Mazda Protege for improper lane use and improper turning at North and Myrtle at 2:45 a.m. Dec. 30. He was released on bond.

Jimmy Ward, 27, 240 N. Walnut, Bensenville, was arrested and charged with DUI and transportation of open alcohol after police received a call for a driver sleeping behind the wheel of a silver Buick LeSabre at York and Interstate 290 at 6:40 a.m. Dec. 30.

Patch reports on law enforcement activity using information provided by official agencies. Persons charged with a crime or issued a citation for violation of a local ordinance are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. If you or a family member are charged with a crime or cited for a violation and the charge or citation is subsequently adjudicated, we encourage you to contact karenc@patch.com and we will do follow-up reporting on the case.

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Louie_BanDana January 01, 2013 at 06:05 PM
Elmhurst cops... Ruining the American dream every night.
Stewart Levine January 05, 2013 at 01:58 AM
I think it's great, who wants people driving around wasted or loaded? 951 traffic deaths in the state of illinois in 2012, i just would like to see mandatory prison sentances for DUI's and a biological film type skin patch with nanotechnology so these people can be watched via satellite and tracked There should be a sentence option (B.) like you have to volunteer to change bed pans at senior centers or something,

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