A 53-year-old Palatine woman who picked up her 1-year-old grandchild from a day care center after drinking was convicted by a Cook County jury today of her seventh DUI.
Jeannine Jenkins, of the 200 block of North Brockway Street, faces between six and 30 years in prison for the special Class X felony. Jurors deliberated about two hours to find Jenkins guilty following a three-day trial before Judge Kay Hanlon in Rolling Meadows branch court.
Jenkins was arrested in April of 2012 after she drove to the Community Child Care Center of Palatine Township to pick up her granddaughter. Workers there testified that Jenkins appeared intoxicated and had difficulty walking. When she backed into another car when leaving, workers called 911, prosecutors said.
Police stopped Jenkins a short distance away on Quentin Road and gave her sobriety tests, which she failed, prosecutors said. She was given a Breathalyzer test but her breaths were insufficient to give a reading, Assistant State’s Attorney Mike Clarke noted in closing statements.
“To these people (witnesses) she was intoxicated,” Clarke told the jury. “The assistant director came out and pled for the defendant not to drive away, that she would call a cab. The defendant told her to go to hell.”
Defense attorney Terry Slaw argued that some of the Palatine police video of the arrest was defective with missing audio portions, and that created a reasonable doubt as to whether Jenkins was intoxicated.
“Some of the most important evidence, slurred speech, is not there,” said Slaw. “They have fallen way short of proving Jeannine Jenkins guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.”
Jenkins has six prior DUI arrests, the last one in 1994. She had a valid driver’s license at the time of the 2012 incident.
She was taken into custody following the verdict. Hanlon set sentencing for July 10.