Not Elgin’s first Class X drinker
By Dave Gathman firstname.lastname@example.org November 1, 2012 10:54PM
Sandra Uher, Courtesy Elgin Police Department
Updated: December 3, 2012 6:43AM
ELGIN — If Juan Diaz ends up being sentenced to prison for multiple DUI incidents, he won’t be the first from Elgin.
On the morning of March 28, 2011, then-54-year-old Sandra L. Uher was driving her Dodge Neon northbound on Shales Parkway when she drove through a stop sign at Summit Street and crashed into the side of a passing Toyota Paseo.
Both people in the other car sustained minor injuries and were taken to Sherman Hospital in Elgin, as was Uher.
Police investigating the crash noticed that Uher seemed dazed and confused. When her blood was tested, they found out why: She had a blood alcohol content of .301, or almost four times the legal limit, according to reports.
She already was on probation for a DUI conviction, had had her driver’s license revoked for that, and had been found guilty of DUI five times since 1997. So Uher was charged with Illinois’ Class X felony version of DUI.
Uher was freed on $100,000 bail but did not impress the judge three months later when she showed up for a hearing at the Cook County courthouse in Rolling Meadows obviously drunk. The judge revoked her bond and ordered her into the Cook County Jail.
In July 2011, she was found guilty and sentenced to eight years in prison. She is now in Dwight Correctional Center, with the possibility of being released in 2015 after earning time off for good behavior.