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Four arrests made in no-refusal operation

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – Four arrests – including a driver whose blood-alcohol level was more than three times higher than the legal limit – were made as part of the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office’s most recent no-refusal operation.

The event was over Halloween weekend and included six law enforcement agencies – Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, Illinois State Police District 2, Kane County Sheriff’s Office and Illinois State Police District 15.

Of the four arrests, two had blood-alcohol levels greater than twice .08 percent, and one was at .29 percent. State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said that is not unprecedented.

“It’s certainly not the highest we’ve had,” said McMahon, who recalls one of .40 percent.

In the operations, assistant state’s attorneys are stationed at local police stations as part of a crackdown on drunken driving. The prosecutors advise drunken driving suspects that a court order would be sought ordering them to submit to a breath or blood test if they refused to give one.

The next no-refusal date will be Nov. 21, the day before Thanksgiving. McMahon said that date is one in which those returning home from college will attend events that include drinking.

“This is to give them notice,” McMahon said.

“Not to interfere with their social hour, but to make sure it is something they do in a responsible way.”

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