Habitual DUI offender gets probation in Riverside case

Tasha Schleicher had been in custody since April

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By Bob Uphues


The woman Riverside's police chief called "one of the worst DUI offenders in the United States" was sentenced to 24 months' probation after pleading guilty to one count of felony driving under the influence on Aug. 20 in front of Judge Ramon Ocasio III at the Maybrook courthouse.

Tasha Schleicher, 41, of New Hope, Minnesota, had been in custody at Cook County Jail since her arrest on April 2, when police responded to a 911 call reporting a woman passed out behind the wheel of a car at a Harlem Avenue gas station.

When police arrived on the scene, Schleicher was out of the car trying to refuel her vehicle at a pump that dispensed kerosene. Schleicher also told police at the time that she had left her children at a motel near Riverside, a statement that turned out to be false.

Police later were able to account for all 11 of Schleicher's children and learned that she had at least six prior drunken driving arrests in six different states dating back to 2007.

Schleicher reportedly used aliases in other DUI arrests and, at the time of the Riverside incident, she was wanted on warrants in Nebraska, Idaho and Oregon.

Minnesota Child Protective Services had taken custody of all of Schleicher's children, ranging in age from infant to 17, after she was arrested for drunken driving in September 2017 near Rochester, Minnesota.

Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel called Schleicher's sentence "disappointing."

"This continues to demonstrate that as a nation, drunk driving and drugged driving are not treated as serious criminal offenses," Weitzel said in a press release. "Society's views need to change and habitual DUI offenders need to be held accountable for their actions."

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Robert Gordon from Darien  

Posted: August 28th, 2018 1:25 PM

Four months in jail is not a lesson for this woman. She will continue to drink and drive and end up killing someone. I lost my son, age 30, to a drunk driver. He left behind 3 Children, 5, 7, and 3 months. They have grown up without their father. Plus, the individual was to have been deported a year prior but he lived in a sanctuary city, Chicago. I can not tell you how a family is devastated by a senseless loss of life.

David Foster from Portlsmith  

Posted: August 23rd, 2018 10:17 AM

Put that judge in the same cell as she belongs in and throw away the key. This is an outrage, it's only pure luck no one is dead because of her.

William Swart Ruting  

Posted: August 23rd, 2018 8:03 AM

This is an example of why people have to start paying attention to the retention voting for judges. We need to keep judges who protect us, not ones who keep releasing criminals back on our streets.

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