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Woman accused of DUI, killing homeless man faces prison time

Woman accused of DUI, killing homeless man faces prison time

She told the officers that she had 11 kids and couldn't find them. Cops called her "one of the worst DUI offenders in the United States", according to WLS.

Schleicher told police that she was in the area after dropping off her son, who wanted "to party" in IN for spring break, according to the Riverside-Brookfield Landmark.

She had an open bottle of liquor right next to her. Police also found a bottle of Crown Royal in the passenger seat.

Schleicher was found Wednesday asleep in her auto at a gas station in Riverside, Illinois with the engine running. When officers arrived, they said they found Schleicher alert and conscious with the keys in the ignition and the engine running. She told cops she was looking for her 11 kids, WLS reported.

Schleicher was arrested in Minnesota, her home state, in October, according to the Star Tribune.

Schleicher reportedly lied about her name, birth date, Social Security number, and about being pregnant. Riverside police said Schleicher has outstanding warrants from three states and six prior DUI arrests out of six states, including Kentucky, Wisconsin, Indiana, California, Oregon and Minnesota.

Tasha L. Schleicher 41 was arrested in Illinois after police found her highly intoxicated
Tasha L. Schleicher 41 was arrested in Illinois after police found her highly intoxicated

Her arrest in Riverside - 14 miles west of Chicago - is the latest addition to a long list of drunken-driving arrests and convictions.

Schleicher was described by authorities as being "in total disarray, not wearing shoes, and her clothes were literally falling off her".

Police said 41-year-old Tasha Lynn Schleicher has a lengthy record of drunk driving arrests, and had her 11 children taken away from her last year, after driving drunk with five children in her auto. Police said Schleicher appeared to be highly intoxicated and had a strong odor of alcohol on her breath. She was taken to a hospital where it was discovered she was lying about that.

She was charged with drunk driving, not having insurance and driving without a license, which was revoked on drunk driving charges. She also had warrants out in three states at the time of her latest arrest: in Nebraska for violation of a court order, and in Idaho and OR for failure to appear for prior drink driving charges.

According to the Rochester Post-Bulletin, all of those children had at different points been taken from her care, in child custody actions spread over several states, and all related to previous drunken driving offenses, but they were all returned to her in August 2017. "I believe her trip to the hospital was really an attempt by her to escape custody", Weitzel said.



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