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LITH man accused of driving drunk with kids in car

Ruben Rodriguez

CRYSTAL LAKE – A Lake in the Hills man is accused of driving drunk with four children passengers on a license suspended from a previous DUI arrest that allowed him to drive only a car with an alcohol monitoring device.

Ruben Rodriguez, 42, of 416 Prides Run, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a suspended license, four counts of endangering the life of a child, improper lane use, speeding, and using an electronic communication device while driving.

According to Crystal Lake Police, an officer observed Rodriguez about 5:22 p.m. Sunday driving on Route 14 in an erratic manner, typing on a cell phone and speeding.

The officer stopped Rodriguez, who appeared to be impaired and was transporting four children between the ages of 11 and 12, police said.

Rodriguez's license had been suspended from a past arrest for allegedly driving drunk and he had been issued a monitoring device driving permit. This allowed him to only drive a vehicle equipped with a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device, and the vehicle he was driving on Sunday did not have it.

Rodriguez was taken to the McHenry County jail and later released on bond.

– Sarah Sutschek

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