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Crime & Courts

DeKalb man faces third DUI charge after refusing tests

James Cardine, 58
James Cardine, 58

SYCAMORE – A DeKalb man who police say refused to follow commands after a traffic stop is facing his third driving under the influence charge.

James B. Cardine, 58, of the 500 block of East Taylor Street, was charged with aggravated DUI and obstructing justice after he was pulled over about midnight Saturday on Taylor Street west of Seventh Street.

If convicted of the more serious charge of aggravated DUI, Cardine could face up to seven years in prison.

According to court records, a DeKalb County Sheriff’s Deputy saw a red Ford pickup weave and almost hit a parked car. After pulling over the pickup in the parking lot of Taylor Street Plaza, Cardine stepped out of the truck almost immediately, according to court records.

The deputy ordered Cardine back into his truck, which he refused to do, according to court documents, and the deputy reported the smell of alcohol and saw Cardine’s eyes were glassy and bloodshot.

Cardine reported he’d had two beers, according to court records, and his speech was slurred. He refused to take field sobriety tests or a chemical breath test, according to court records.

Deputies reported seeing Cardine support himself on the side of the truck and drooling on himself, according to court records. He was placed under arrest and, during a search of the truck, deputies found an opened 24-ounce Miller Lite and an open bottle of vodka, according to court records.

A search warrant was issued for a blood test, but Cardine refused to comply, according to court records. In court on Monday, Judge Phillip Montgomery ordered Cardine released on his signature. He said that Cardine had two previous DUIs, but they were from more than 13 years ago.

Cardine next is due in court at 9 a.m. April 3 for a preliminary hearing.

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