A woman thought she was at home when she was arrested in a construction zone in Antioch after nearly striking a construction worker while driving drunk for at least the third time.
Brittany H. Fleming, 39, of Antioch, was charged with aggravating driving under the influence third offense, a Class 2 felony.
Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Manuel Mandujano said a person called 911 around 3 p.m. on November 2 to report a vehicle driven by Fleming almost rear-ended another car and nearly struck a construction worker.
Officers arrived and learned Fleming was traveling in the area of Kennedy Drive and North Trevor Road in Antioch.
Fleming pulled up to a construction worker and nearly hit him before driving over a curb and hitting a speed limit sign, Mandujano said.
The worker took Fleming’s keys before officers arrived and arrested her.
Fleming showed multiple signs of impairment, including an odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from her breath, Mandujano said.
Fleming refused to perform field sobriety testing or provide a breath sample.
Officers found alcohol in the woman’s purse, Mandujano said. She was then transported to the hospital for a mental health evaluation.
Fleming, who said she thought she was parked at home during her arrest, has two prior violations for driving under the influence, Mandujano said.
The incident occurred while Fleming was out on bond for another driving under the influence case in Lake County.
Prosecutors filed a petition to detain Fleming pending trial, calling her a danger to the community.
Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak granted the petition and remanded Fleming to the Lake County Jail.
The judge said there were no release conditions he could impose to ensure the safety of the community.
An arraignment hearing is scheduled for December 13.