Woman who crashed car into tree faces 6th drunken driving charge

Drunken driving

A 45-year-old Grayslake, Ill., woman faces two felony charges, including her sixth drunken driving offense, after her arrest in October.

The drunken driving charge filed Tuesday in Racine County Circuit Court against Allison L. Hood carries a fine of $25,000 and 10 years in prison. Hood was also charged with a felony count of attempting to flee/elude an officer, which carries a fine of $10,000 and three years, six months in prison.

In addition, Hood faces a misdemeanor charge of operating after revocation, which carries a fine of $2,500 and a year in county jail.

According to the criminal complaint:
A Racine County Sheriff’s Department deputy attempted to stop the defendant’s vehicle for speeding Oct. 25. As the officer caught up to the vehicle, he clocked it traveling northbound on Highway 31 at 71 mph in a posted 45 mph zone.

As the vehicle approached 5 Mile Road, it suddenly accelerated from 40 mph to 100 mph and eventually failed to stop at the stop sign at Highways 31 and 32. The officer observed Hood continue north across Highway 32 and crash into a tree.

Hood told police she was headed home to Winthrop Harbor and thought she was near Highways 31 and 50 in Kenosha. At the hospital, she stated she had dropped a friend off in Paddock Lake and was headed home, which she then said was in Wadsworth, Ill. She said she had sped away from the officer because she did not have a driver’s license.

Police found a bottle of vodka in Hood’s purse. She denied she had consumed alcohol or drugs of any kind. Court records indicate

Hood remained at an in-patient facility this week while she recovers from an open fracture she suffered to her right leg. She is due back in court for an adjourned initial appearance Feb. 2 at 1:30 p.m.

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