A Palatine woman who “huffed” fumes from a cleaning product while driving and seriously injured two people after she passed out and struck another car was sentenced to 5 years in prison this morning.
Karli Casey, 20, pleaded guilty at the Rolling Meadows branch of Cook County Circuit to aggravated driving under the influence of intoxicating compounds, a special Class 4 felony.
“I want to apologize to the families of the victims,” Casey told the court. “I’m sorry.”
Judge Ellen Beth Mandeltort told Casey she would have to serve 85 percent of the sentence, minus the 257 days she has been in jail since the April 28, 2012 crash in Palatine. Casey could have received up to 12 years in prison, Mandeltort said.
The charges against her were upgraded after blood tests found that she also had codeine, heroin and cocaine in her system, prosecutors said.
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