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Lake in the Hills woman gets 5th DUI charge

Published: Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013 5:25 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Aug. 2, 2013 10:23 a.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – A 30-year-old Lake in the Hills woman charged in Kane County with her fifth DUI was arrested for three of those in July.

In the most recent case, police said Tiara Norris, of 840 Peachtree Court, had a blood-alcohol level nearly four times the legal driving limit.

On July 29, police responded about 11:20 p.m. to Win Haven Road in Elgin, where a homeowner reported that Norris was driving on a front lawn.

Police took her to Presence St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin, and her blood-alcohol level was greater than 0.3 percent, said Lt. Patrick Gengler with the Kane County Sheriff’s Office. The legal drinking limit is 0.08.

Norris was charged with aggravated DUI, a Class 1 felony. The maximum sentence on a Class 1 felony is 15 years.

Less than a week earlier, Norris was charged July 23 in Gilberts with driving under the influence when authorities found her vehicle in a ditch. According to police reports, she was unable to stand upright without relying on her vehicle for support. She was taken to Sherman Hospital, but it was unclear whether she was injured.

“You’ve got [arrests] roughly a week apart,” Gengler said. “That is somebody that was just arrested, just bonded out, and right away is back doing the same thing. “I would say we’re all pretty fortunate that nobody got hurt.”

In her July 10 DUI arrest, Norris was stopped in Gilberts for speeding when officers detected a strong odor of alcohol, according to police reports.

These cases are pending in Kane County, where she is being held on $100,000 bond. Her next court date is Aug. 7.

McHenry County court records indicate that in May 2012, Norris was sentenced to two years of probation for aggravated DUI. The charge, out of Lake in the Hills, was reduced to a Class A misdemeanor. She also was ordered to pay a $3,507 fine, attend DUI school, parenting classes and a victim impact panel. She received 180 days in jail that she would have to serve if she didn’t complete all the terms of her probation.

At the time, Norris also was charged with endangering the life of a child. That charge later was dropped.

Information on her fifth DUI charge was not immediately made available.

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