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No-refusal operation results in three arrests

Published: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

A no-refusal operation conducted by the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office during the Fourth of July holiday resulted in three people being charged with drunken driving.

It is designed to expedite the booking process for those charged with driving under the influence. During a no-refusal event, police work with an assistant state’s attorney to quickly obtain a search warrant to compel a DUI suspect to submit to a blood-alcohol level test.

Each of the three who were arrested agreed to provide a blood-alcohol sample. Two breath samples and one blood sample were submitted. Illinois law states that a person is presumed to be unlawfully intoxicated for the purposes of operating a motor vehicle if his blood-alcohol level is 0.08 or higher.

Elburn police charged William E. Grimes, 51, of the 300 block of West Nebraska Street, Elburn, with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol.

In addition, St. Charles police charged Lloyd T. Gardner, 68, of Osage Drive in Franklin, with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Lastly, Carrie R. Ketchum, 35, of the 3400 block of Oak Park Avenue, Berwyn, also was charged by St. Charles police with one count of driving under the influence of alcohol.

The July 3 initiative was the 13th conducted in Kane County; the first was in May 2008.

The operation involved 10 Kane County police agencies – Geneva, Elburn, St. Charles, Algonquin, East Dundee, Elgin, Huntley, Pingree Grove, South Elgin and West Dundee, along with Illinois State Police District 15 and the Kane County Sheriff’s Office.

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