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Playmate Gets Off with Insufficient Evidence of DUI

By Amy Perry in News on Dec 17, 2009 10:15PM

McCahill's mugshot, via the Sun-Times
Celebrities seem to have all the luck in court proceedings; at least that’s how it seems for Playboy’s Miss May 2009. Cook County Judge Thomas ruled that Crystal McCahill should not have been arrested for DUI even though she had a blood-alcohol level more than twice Illinois' standard for DUI. Last January, McCahill ran a red light at the Chicago and Wood intersection and told the officer when he pulled her over she been drinking at Climax Lounge (now named Griffin Lounge) where she worked. The police officer claims she voluntarily accompanied him to the District 13 station. Her lawyer countered that McCahill thought she was under arrest and that there wasn’t sufficient reason to make the arrest because the officer had not performed a field-sobriety test before taking her to the station.

The judge sided with McCahill. Roderick Drew, a Chicago Police spokesman, told the Sun-Times: "We believe that the officer acted appropriately and consistently with our policies, and the evidence indicates that she was, in fact, intoxicated." Prosecutors still can appeal the ruling; however, McCahill's lawyer said the case against his client is now "severely undermined." She is due back in court next month.