A 56 year old black female from Midlothian, after being arrested by Oak Lawn police and charged with driving under the influence, invoked the name of Sandra Bland, who died in a Texas jail cell.
The woman was stopped by police officers after she allegedly was speeding south bound on Cicero Avenue at 97th street about 10 days ago at about 12:45 a.m. Officers registered the vehicle traveling fifty miles per hour in a thirty five mile per hour zone.
The police claim that the auto swerved in the lane and crossed the yellow lines as he began to make the traffic stop. The driver, identified as Darlene Clark stopped the vehicle and the police approached the car. According to police reports, the police allege that Clark’s speech was slurred, that she mumbled and that she had glassy eyes.
Clark produced an Arizona license as well as proof of insurance. The officer claims that Clark admitted consuming two drinks with vodka earlier in the night.
When asked to exit the vehicle, the police claim that Clark struggled to walk steadily and that the officer smelled a strong odor of alcohol. The police allege that Clark was unable to perform the field sobriety tests. According to the report, she could not keep her balance, started too soon, stopped walking to steady herself, did not touch heel to toe, stepped off the line and took ten steps down. She then did not attempt to turn and walked five steps backwards. Clark then walked forward taking nine steps, performed an incorrect turn and took nine steps back.
She again did not touch heel to toe, stepped off the line and stopped to steady herself. During the one leg test, Clark swayed while balancing, hopped and placed her foot down twice. She then stated that she can`t do it, but then continued to perform the test. She then placed her foot down four more times.
The police report states that Clark became visibly upset and started to cry after being unable to properly perform the various tests. She allegedly registered a .188 blood alcohol content on the preliminary test, which is more than two times the legal limit for drivers in Illinois.
When Clark was taken in to custody, she became more upset stating, “you motherf……s are going to kill me, you gonna take me to jail and kill me like the rest of the black motherf……”. She also allegedly referred to the officer as a “white motherf…..”.
When Clark was booked she allegedly began yelling that the police were going to kill her and that she was going to end up like Sandra Bland.
After the observation period, Clark registered a .155, which is barely less than two times the legal limit of .08. While Clark admitted to living in Midlothian for years, she had not changed her license. She was charged with driving under the influence, speeding, failing to notify the Secretary of State of an address change and improper lane usage.
Sandra Bland was a 28 year old black woman who was pulled over for a minor traffic violation by a Texas State trooper and was found hanged in her jail cell. The coroner classified the death as suicide but Bland’s family has disputed the cause of death.
Bland’s death, which did not result in any charges against the jail employees, has become a hot political issue in Presidential politics. Democrat Hillary Clinton campaigned with Bland’s mother last week in Chicago citing the case as a symbol of mistreatment of blacks by law enforcement.