A Round Lake Park man charged with driving under the influence for the third time allegedly called an officer the n-word after being arrested in Round Lake Beach, prosecutors said.
Robert Myers, 37, of Round Lake Park, was charged with two counts of aggravated driving under the influence, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving on a suspended license, headlight or taillight violation and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.
Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Emily Shanley-Roberts said officers with the Round Lake Beach Police Department conducted a traffic stop around 11 p.m. on August 26.
Myers was seen driving out of the Meijer parking lot and traveling southbound on Hainesville Road.
He crossed through an intersection with no headlights on, Shanley-Roberts said.
Shanley-Roberts said Myers had a strong odor of alcohol coming from his breathing and admitted to drinking one or two alcoholic beverages.
Myers then said he was “going to be honest” and admitted to having multiple drinks, Shanley-Roberts said. The man’s speech was slow and mumbled.
Field sobriety tests were performed and he failed one of them before stopping during a second test, Shanley-Roberts said.
Myers’ driver’s license is revoked for driving under the influence and he has two prior driving under the influence convictions in Lake County.
Shanley-Roberts said Myers was taken into custody and told the officer he was going to find his wife and “f–k her.”
Myers also called the officer the n-word, Shanley-Roberts said.
Lake County Judge Bolling Haxall ordered Myers held on a $150,000 bond.
Myers remains held in the Lake County Jail and would need to post $15,000 cash in order to be released.
A grand jury indicted Myers on Wednesday and an arraignment hearing is scheduled for this coming Wednesday.