April 22, Chicago, Il
A $119,184-a-year deputy commissioner charged with providing shelter and emergency services for Chicago's homeless has resigned after getting into an accident in a city car while allegedly driving drunk.The recent rash of DUI arrest should serve as another indicator that there just isn’t any mens rea for a DUI. No one plans to go out, get drunk, and then drive. At what point do we accept that and stop attempting to paint folks charged with a DUI as lepers?
On April 15, James V. Lobianco was charged with driving under the influence and failure to reduce speed after rear-ending a car waiting for a red light to change at Broadway and Ainslie.
Chicago Police Department spokesman Roderick Drew said responding officers "detected alcohol," but Lobianco "refused the field sobriety test and the Breathalyzer test." He was taken into custody and released the next morning. He is scheduled to appear in court in June.