An Ingleside woman arrested for driving under the influence for the fourth time was found with children in her car in Round Lake Beach, prosecutors said.
Nicole I. Morris, 42, of Ingleside, was charged with aggravated driving under the influence, child endangerment, driving under influence of alcohol, driving on a suspended license, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and improper traffic lane usage.
Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Lillian Lewis said witnesses called 911 to report a vehicle driving erratically on May 26.
The vehicle was driving over curbs, nearly hit mailboxes and drove into oncoming lanes of traffic.
Round Lake Beach officers responding to the calls located the vehicle in a liquor store parking lot, Lewis said.
Two children, both under 10, were found inside the car.
Morris came out of the liquor store and officers smelled an odor of alcohol coming from her, Lewis said.
Lewis said Morris failed field sobriety testing and was slurring her words and stumbling.
Morris failed to provide a breath sample to officers and she was taken into custody.
Lewis said Morris has three prior driving under the influence convictions from 2009, 2012 and 2020.
Lake County Judge Stephen DeRue said Morris is currently on probation for resisting arrest.
DeRue ordered Morris held on a $150,000 bond. She remains held in the Lake County Jail.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 26.