Woman says rubbing alcohol source of bond violation claim by state – Bloomington Pantagraph

BLOOMINGTON — A McLean County woman, accused of aggravated driving under the influence in the death of her husband, denied Friday that she had been drinking over the July 4 holiday as claimed by a prosecutor.

Judge Casey Costigan denied a request from Assistant State’s Attorney David Fitt to reinstate Webster’s $1,000 bond and raise it to $100,000.  The 41-year-old defendant, who lived in East Peoria at the time of the June 2017 craash on Interstate 55 near Bloomington, was released two months later after posting $100 and agreeing to wear the alcohol monitoring device called a SCRAM, on her ankle.

Webster was charged after police said she was intoxicated and driving erratically before emergency responders arrived at the scene of the single-vehicle crash around 6:30 a.m. that killed her husband, 37. 

Her blood-alcohol content was 0.164, more than twice the legal limit for intoxication in Illinois, according prosecutors.  

On Friday, Fitt said the monitoring device recorded alcohol use by Webster starting around midnight July 3 and continuing into July 4.

In response to Fitt’s questions about her July 4 holiday plans, Webster said she was home and did not take part in traditional outdoor activities.  “I don’t even have a grill,” she said.

Webster pointed to a visible skin irritation on her left leg and said the SCRAM device was moved to her right leg on Friday.

McLean County pre-trial services coordinator Sarjeel Rizvi told the judge  alcohol levels are measured through a defendant’s perspiration. The question of a positive result coming from skin contact was explored in the Hollywood case involving actress Lindsey Lohan, said Rizvi, and her claim that a spilled beer was responsible for a positive alcohol reading was rejected.

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