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‘No Refusal’ weekend nets couple of arrests

Focus on DUI during St. Patrick’s Day weekend

Two suspected DUI drivers were cited during Grundy County State’s Attorney Jason Helland’s “No Refusal” St. Patrick’s Day Weekend.

Those charged were:

Jack Standard, 44, of Morris, was charged on March 15 with Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol with a blood alcohol level more than .08, a Class A misdemeanor.

Jacob Bulanda, 21, of Braceville, was charged on March 17 with Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol with a blood alcohol level more than .08, a Class A misdemeanor.

The charges against these defendants are not proof of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

The “No Refusal” St. Patrick’s Day Weekend was a collaborative effort of the Grundy County State’s Attorney’s Office and local law enforcement agencies.

A streamlined process was put into place for law enforcement to obtain a search warrant for a blood, breath, or urine sample if the DUI offender refused to submit to a lawfully requested test to determine their blood alcohol level.

If an offender refused to take a breath test, the State’s Attorney’s Office would request a judge to sign a search warrant in order for law enforcement to obtain the offender’s blood, breath, or urine.

Once a warrant was obtained, the offender would be charged with obstructing justice, a class 4 felony punishable up to 3 years in prison, if they persisted in their refusal.

On March 12, 2013, Helland announced the initiative. No warrants were obtained.

“So long as people continue to drink and drive, I will continue to seek search warrants for suspected drunk drivers’ blood, breath, or urine,” said Helland.

“The program works. Several people thanked me for taking an aggressive approach to DUI enforcement and helping to ensure that their loved ones will make it home at night.”

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