A woman who was returning from a funeral had more than three times the legal blood alcohol level when she crashed into a concrete planter on the West Side after drinking wine early Wednesday, police said.
The crash left the woman, Cindy Giron, 24, and three others hospitalized, police said. While she remained in the hospital, Circuit Court Judge Donald Panarese set the woman's bail at $10,000, authorities said.
Giron, of the 1700 block of West 21st Street, was charged with felony aggravated DUI and two counts of misdemeanor DUI, police said. She was cited with negligent driving, illegal transportation of alcohol, driving without a license, and failure to produce proof of insurance, police said.
At the time of the crash, Giron's blood alcohol content was measured at 0.246, more than three times the legal limit of 0.08, according to a police report.
Giron, her sister, and two other people were inside the car and had been drinking from a 4-liter bottle of wine before crashing into a concrete planter box that divides Madison Street east of Laflin Street about 12:50 a.m., according to police.
Giron was eastbound on Madison in the process of crossing Bishop Street when the car's front driver's side clipped the box in the middle of the road causing damage to the planter and the vehicle -- which was not-drivable, the report said.
When police got to the scene, the occupants were outside of the car and Giron appeared visibly upset and worried about her sister, who was lying on the ground next on the passenger side, the report said.
Giron was crying uncontrollably and kept asking officers what she “did to her sister,’’ and inquiring if her sister was going to die, though the woman was conscious and did not suffer life threatening injuries, the report said.
Police found the bottle of wine in the back of the car, one-quarter empty. She admitted to police that she had been drinking while at a funeral.
Giron also told officers she was being ‘chased” by another vehicle, an account that was corroborated by one of her passengers.
Three of the four, including the driver, were taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County. The fourth was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, police said. An update on their conditions was not available.
Giron was arrested at Stroger Hospital at 1:40 a.m. She has a Jan. 10 court date, prosecutors said.