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'One of the worst' drunk driving offenders in U.S. avoids prison time after arrest in seventh different state

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 8/27/2018
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"One of the worst" drunk driving offenders in the U.S. who has been arrested in seven states was somehow able to avoid prison time following her latest bust earlier this year.

Tasha Schleicher was slapped with 24-months probation despite the fact that she had attempted to fill her vehicle with kerosene at the time of her arrest in Illinois in April. She was found passed out behind the wheel at a Riverside gas station and the keys were in the ignition.

"One class of DUI offenders in particular continues to drive while intoxicated with disregard to the legal, social, and personal ramifications and that is the habitual DUI offender," Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel said in a statement. "Ms. Schleicher falls into this category."

The 41-year-old Schleicher also told cops she had 11 children, but did not know their whereabouts.

Yet she avoided time behind bars. Chief Weitzel said he was "disappointed" by the sentence handed down by Circuit Court Judge Ramon Ocasio in Cook County following last week's guilty plea.

The police chief previously dubbed the incident "one of the worst impaired driving arrests our agency has ever made."

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

Schleicher falls under the "habitual" category with prior DUI-related arrests in Kentucky, Wisconsin, Indiana, California, Oregon and her home state of Minnesota.

When she was arrested in Minnesota in September, five of her children were in the vehicle, according to the Star Tribune. After she drove into a barrier, she was seen breast-feeding her baby, according to the newspaper.

She is wanted on warrants in Nebraska, Idaho and Oregon, according to the Star Tribune, so she may land in prison anyway.

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