A man was charged with driving drunk for his third time and prosecutors say he drove into oncoming lanes of traffic while he had three children in the car in Mundelein.
Daniel Muhwezi, 51, of Downers Grove, was charged with aggravated driving under the influence, driving under the influence, three counts of child endangerment, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, improper traffic lane usage and transportation of open alcohol by driver.
The Mundelein Police Department responded around 9 p.m. on July 22 to a report of a driving complaint.
A 911 caller reported Muhwezi was speeding, driving into oncoming traffic, driving on the median and driving on the shoulder, according to Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Lillian Lewis.
Officers conducted a traffic stop on Muhwezi’s vehicle and found he had three children in the back seat. The children were ages 6, 7 and 14.
Officers found an open container of alcohol. Muhwezi showed signs of impairment and could not stand on his own, Lewis said.
A preliminary breath test showed his blood alcohol content was 0.141, Lewis said. Muhwezi has two prior driving under the influence violations.
Lewis said a child in the car reported Muhwezi had been drinking, driving fast and was scaring them.
Lake County Judge Veronica O’Malley ordered Muhwezi held on a $200,000 bond.
Muhwezi was released from the Lake County Jail after posting 10% of his bond.
He is scheduled to appear in court again on August 21 for a preliminary hearing.