Minnesota Woman Charged with Felony DUI in IL

Saul Bowman
April 7, 2018

A New Hope, Minn., woman with a long list of drunken-driving convictions and outstanding warrants in three states is in deep trouble with the law again after police in Riverside, Ill., say they found her passed out behind the wheel at a gas station in the suburb of Chicago.

Tasha L. Schleicher, 41, was arrested in IL after police found her highly intoxicated.

She had an open bottle of liquor right next to her. Police also found a bottle of Crown Royal in the passenger seat.

Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel advised the Cook County States Attorney's Office that not only would Schleicher be held in custody, but that she also "absolutely needed immediate social service intervention and professional medical attention for severe alcohol abuse", according to the press release.

Last October, she was with her children in the vehicle and allegedly nursing one child while driving drunk, according to The Post Bulletin. When Schleicher refused to perform a field sobriety test, she was placed under arrest.

While in custody, Schleicher reportedly could not explain why she was in IL, and continued to insist she was with her children.

The Riverside Police Department said Schleicher has a lengthy DUI history, but police were unable to give an exact number due to her use of aliases.

'She is one of the worst DUI offenders this agency has ever arrested, ' the department wrote in a tweet following her arrest. When officers arrived, they said they found Schleicher alert and conscious with the keys in the ignition and the engine running.

Schleicher was charged with two count of felony aggravated drunk driving, two counts of misdemeanor drunk driving, no vehicle insurance, driving while license revoked (for DUI), and transportation of open alcohol while driving.

Prior to confirming the location of all 11 children, police officers contacted local motels and hotels to see if any children were staying nearby. Paramedics transported her to MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, where it was confirmed Schleicher was not pregnant nor suffering from any other physically-related medical condition.

She is slated to appear in bond court at the Maybrook courthouse on Wednesday afternoon.

While in custody, according to police, Schleicher said she was pregnant and having a miscarriage. That's one of the reasons for so many outstanding warrants.

Schleicher is facing several DUI charges stemming from this latest arrest.

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