The superintendent of Schaumburg schools was arrested for a DUI in February and plead guilty in early March to a reckless driving charge, according to the Chicago Tribune. Andrew DuRoss was dining at a restaurant and called the authorities to report a missing purse from his table. When the authorities arrived DuRoss was warned not to drive. When he was pulled over near the restaurant, "his blood alcohol level was 0.117, according to court documents," and as reported by the Chicago Tribune.
After his arrest, DuRoss received court supervision and "agreed to undergo alcohol counseling, wear an alcohol monitoring anklet for six months and pay $2,500 in fines and court costs." Because DuRoss took this part of the plea the DUI case against him was not pursued. "It’s been a humbling and very difficult experience for me and my family," DuRoss said after his hearing in court, according to the Tribune.
While his legal battles may be over, DuRoss’s brush with the law could have far-reaching consequences. The Schaumburg Township District 54 school board is planning to further discuss the case’s outcome in March. DuRoss, according to the Tribune, did not tell the board that he would plead guilty to the charge.
There were roughly 1.5 million arrests for driving under the influence in 2003, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). Treatment and court supervision programs are common, similar to the program in which DuRoss is enrolled. These are meant to help diminish the number of incarceration and recidivism. "The consensus panel suggest that, when possible, police offices should use their community contact to explore substance abuse treatment services options for individuals involved with substances who come to their notice but who are not arrested," according to the NCBI.
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