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A 45-year-old Grayslake, Ill. woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday to drunk driving (6th offense) after she crashed the car she was driving into a tree October.

Allison L. Hood was also charged in November with a felony count of attempting to flee/elude an officer, which carries a fine of $10,000 and three years, six months in prison. She also faces a misdemeanor charge of operating after revocation, which carries a fine of $2,500 and a year in county jail. The drunk driving charge carries a fine of $25,000 and 10 years in prison.

During the arraignment, Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch set a $10,000 signature bond for Hood.

According to the criminal complaint:
Racine County Sheriff’s Department deputy attempted to stop the defendant’s vehicle for speeding Oct. 25. As the officer caught up to the vehicle, he clocked it traveling northbound on Highway 31 at 71 mph in a posted 45 mph zone.

As the vehicle approached 5 Mile Road, it suddenly accelerated from 40 mph to 100 mph and eventually failed to stop at the stop sign at Highways 31 and 32. The officer observed Hood continue north across Highway 32 and crash into a tree.

Hood told police she was headed home to Winthrop Harbor and thought she was near Highways 31 and 50 in Kenosha. At the hospital, she stated she had dropped a friend off in Paddock Lake and was headed home, which she then said was in Wadsworth, Ill. She said she had sped away from the officer because she did not have a driver’s license.

Police found a bottle of vodka in Hood’s purse. She denied she had consumed alcohol or drugs of any kind.

A status hearing has been set for 9 a.m. April 9 in Racine County Felony Court.

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.