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Crime & Courts

Woman already facing 1 DUI accused of drunken driving

Kayla Colness
Kayla Colness

SYCAMORE – Police said a DeKalb woman whom they pulled over Thursday morning had a blood-alcohol content almost twice the legal limit while free on bail for a previous DUI.

Kayla A. Colness, 31, of the 900 block of North 12th Street, was charged with aggravated driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license and driving with a blood alcohol content above 0.08% after DeKalb police stopped her about 2:30 a.m.

If convicted of either of the most serious charges, aggravated driving under the influence or driving with a license suspended, Colness could face up to three years in prison.

According to court records, an officer saw Colness driving a 2002 Ford, which was swerving over the center line, traveling about half the speed limit and making improper turns in the 1100 block of Lewis Avenue. Colness did not stop immediately when police tried to stop her, according to court records, but continued about three blocks to her driveway.

Police said her breath smelled strongly of alcohol and she admitted to drinking an unknown number of cocktails, according to court records.

Colness failed field sobriety tests and blew a 0.145% on a portable breath test, according to court documents. Records also show an open whiskey bottle was found in the Ford.

According to court records, Colness’ license was suspended in September after she was charged with DUI, but in October she received a permit to drive in a vehicle with a blood-alcohol ignition interlock device. The vehicle she was driving Thursday did not have the device, according to court records.

Colness was released on her signature on the condition she be placed on pretrial supervision and wear an alcohol monitoring bracelet.

She is prohibited from drinking alcohol.

Her next court date is Jan. 17.

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