Local state police officers made eight DWI arrests over the Easter holiday weekend.
Four of the DWIs involved first offenders, while three recorded their second offenses and another a third, state police Lt. Craig Martin said.
The state police have been encountering many repeat DWI offenders lately. In the weeks leading up to Easter, state officers caught offenders with their fourth and seventh DWIs, officials said.
On March 27, state police arrested a woman on a charge of drunken driving after she allegedly veered into an oncoming officer’s lane of traffic.
The driver, Annette Leyba, 24, 776 Dalbey Drive, was charged with DWI, reckless driving, driving with a suspended or revoked license, driving with an expired license plate and failing to show proof of auto insurance.
According to a report filed in Magistrate Court, state police Officer Rudy Rael was responding to a report of one car being chased by another on U.S. Highway 84 near Los Montoyas, a village south of Romeroville.
The state police said they were told that the occupants of one car were throwing rocks or firing gunshots at the other car.
After the officer turned onto U.S. 84 from Interstate 25, he noticed two cars heading toward him. The following car passed the other into Rael’s lane of traffic, police said, causing the officer to run off the roadway to avoid an accident.
The officer turned on his emergency lights, and Leyba, the driver of the car that nearly ran into Rael, pulled over after a quarter of a mile, the report states.
The officer noticed that the driver smelled of alcohol, police said. Leyba admitted to having four or five beers, according to the report.
She told Rael that she and her friends had been at a party in Anton Chico but that someone got angry at them and chased them down the highway. They said the occupants of the other car had been throwing things at them or firing a gun.
Leyba was taken to the county jail.