Edith Hernandez, a 37-year-old Illinois mother, faces charges of driving under the influence with her three children in the car after police spotted her throwing a beer can from her car.
Hernandez was stopped by officers in the early hours of Sunday, May 28.
One of Hernandez’s children, an unidentified 17-year-old, had to be taken to hospital by paramedics because he was suffering from severe abdominal pain. Hernandez’s 9-year-old and 11-year-old were also in the car, as well as another intoxicated man.
After she was stopped by police, Hernandez failed a field sobriety test, blowing a .096. Hernandez told the officer she’d had at least four beers and was on her way home back to Streator, Illinois.
A Riverside officer saw a white 1999 Chevy van headed south in the 3100 block of Harlem Avenue stop, its door opened and a beer can was thrown into the street about 12:45 A.M. Sunday, police said. When the officer pulled the vehicle over, he could “immediately” smell liquor on the driver’s breath, police said. The driver’s eyes, according to police, were bloodshot and glossed over and she had a difficult time conversing with the officers as he questioned her.
Police say the woman told the officer she had been partying in nearby Berwyn. When asked why she threw the beer can in the street, the woman told the officer she was trying to get home because one of the three children in the back seat of the car was sick with severe abdominal pain, police said. Paramedics arrived on the scene and took the 17-year-old girl to MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn to be evaluated. Police arranged for relatives to meet the girl at the hospital.
Hernandez, of Streator, Illinois, has been charged with endangering the life of a child, driving under the influence of alcohol, unsafe opening of a door in traffic, littering on the roadway, and driving with no vehicle insurance.
Her first court appearance is scheduled for July 7 at the Maybrook Court House at 9:00 A.M.