Judge Arrested for Illinois DUI in Chicago

Sheila McGinnis, a Cook County judge, was charged with misdemeanor driving under the influence in Chicago after being involved in a traffic accident May 8.

Around 7:30 pm, McGinnis ran her SUV into the back of a mini-van that was stopped at a traffic light in Tinley Park. No one was injured in the low-speed accident, though the McGinnis was still trying to move her vehicle forward after the collision. The driver of the minivan described McGinnis as having her head on the steering wheel. Other witnesses recalled McGinnis honking her horn and flashing her lights as she weaved through traffic.

Police responding to the scene say that McGinnis appeared intoxicated and smelled of alcohol. She refused to submit to a breath test or perform field sobriety tests. In addition to a charge of suspicion of drunk driving in Chicago, the 47 year old judge was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and failure to provide proof of insurance.

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