State Representative Randy Ramey, 49, of Carol Stream, who is the new Du Page County Republican chairman, was arrested for driving while drunk last Sunday, according to the Carol Stream Police Department.
At 2:10AM early Sunday morning, Ramey was found to be driving with field sobriety tests and breath tests showing a 0.179% blood-alcohol level which is more than twice the Illinois legal limit of 0.08%.
The politician was initially stopped for improper lane usage when he was ultimately tested and charged with the intoxication violation.
Acknowledging the arrest, Ramey said in a statement:
I regret and take full responsibility for my actions, and I am prepared to face the consequences. I am deeply sorry to disappoint my family and my constituents.
Ramey is the stepson of James ‘Pate’ Phillip, the former Republican state senate president from Wood Dale, Illinois.
Ironically, Ramey has formerly worked on the House’s Drivers Education and Safety committee and Transportation and Motor Vehicles Committee, as well as for the secretary of state.
The charges against Ramey could result in a maximum fine of $1,000 and 364 days in jail. However, since Ramey has had a clean driving record prior to this arrest, it would be rare if he were to receive anything more than a fine and an assignment to perform community service.
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Source: Chicago Tribune