Police: Minnesota Woman Charged with Felony DUI in Illinois

Tasha Lynn Schleicher Photo: Riverside Police Department
Tasha Lynn Schleicher

April 04, 2018 05:26 PM

Illinois authorities say a Minnesota woman with a lengthy history of DUIs has been charged with felony DUI counts after she was found "highly intoxicated" at a suburban Chicago gas station.

A release from the Riverside Police Department said Tasha Lynn Schleicher, 41 of New Hope, faces two counts of felony aggravated DUI, two counts of misdemeanor DUI, one count of no vehicle insurance, one count of driving while license revoked and one count of transportation of open alcohol. 

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Officers were called Monday to a gas station in Riverside on reports of a woman – later identified as Schleicher – who had passed out behind the wheel of her vehicle. When police arrived, they found Schleicher, whom they allege was highly intoxicated. The release added that an open bottle of Crown Royal was located in her vehicle. 

The release said she told officers she had 11 children and could not find them. Officers searched the area, but were unable to locate children. Witnesses at the gas station told police she was the only one in her car.

Schleicher was taken into custody after refusing a field sobriety test. Police eventually identified her after fingerprinting her. 

While in custody, Schleicher reportedly could not explain why she was in Illinois, and continued to insist she was with her children. Police said they later confirmed with Minnesota Protective Child Services that her children had been taken away from her following prior DUI arrests. 

The release also said Schleicher had three outstanding warrants from Nebraska, Idaho and Oregon. 

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. Police said when she was arrested Monday she used a fictitious name. 

In a release, Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel said, "This is one of the worst impaired driving arrests this agency has ever made." 
 

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