Shortly before 4 a.m. on October 27th, an Oak Lawn patrol officer noticed a silver SUV, with no headlights on, turn onto Southwest Highway from 52nd Street.
The officer followed as the driver turned onto Cicero Avenue and again onto 95th Street, allegedly turning on red despite a sign prohibiting such turns. As the officer was following, he alleged that the driver was traveling 50 mph in a 30 mph zone. He stopped the vehicle.
The driver, Elaine Acosta, provided a valid driver’s license but couldn’t provide proof of insurance. When speaking with Acosta, the officer said he detected the smell of alcohol and asked her if she had been drinking. She allegedly admitted to having the requisite one beer that every driver apparently thinks is the correct answer in such a situation.
The officer asked her to perform some tests to confirm his suspicions. He asked if she could count backwards, which she reportedly did while missing and repeating some of the numbers, according to he officer.
Then the officer asked if she knows her ABCs. He allegedly replied “of course”. He asked her to start at D but she allegedly started at A. She did reportedly get each letter correct stopping at Q as asked by the officer.
Several field sobriety tests were taken and the officer reported that she showed signs of impairment. She was placed into custody and at the police station Acosta allegedly blew a .166 for the breathalyzer. Unfortunately for Acosta, you may not drive if you have a blood alcohol content of over .08.
Acosta was given citations for her driving and charged with driving under the influence. Acosta is a 31 year old Hispanic female with a Chicago Ridge address.