Man Suspected of DUI Served Time on Similar Charges

Glen Ray Higginbotham Jr. found sleeping in car with bottle of vodka nearby, police say

Monday, Dec 6, 2010  |  Updated 10:45 PM CDT
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Man Suspected of DUI Served Time on Similar Charges

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SAN BRUNO, CA - NOVEMBER 27: A man is given a field sobriety test after he was stopped by San Bruno Police officers at a DUI checkpoint November 27, 2006 in San Bruno, California.

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A Braidwood man who was suspected of being intoxicated and high on cocaine when he killed a little girl 11 years ago was arrested over the weekend and charged with drunken driving.

Glen Ray Higginbotham Jr. was arrested Saturday by Joliet police, who said they found him sleeping in the car with a half-empty bottle of vodka nearby.

He was charged with aggravated driving under the influence and ordered held on $50,000 bail during a court appearance Monday.  If convicted, he faces up to three years in jail.

Higginbotham was indicted on two counts of reckless homicide in 1999 after crashing into another car at more than 80 miles per hour.  A 10-year-old girl, Candace Graham, died.

He was sentenced to seven years in prison a year later, court records show.

"He hasn't learned anything," Candace Graham's mother, Constance, told the Chicago Tribune Monday night.  "I feel really sorry for him."

Higginbotham will appear in court Dec. 27.

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