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Senate President's Son Pleads Guilty to DUI

Garritt Cullerton was pulled over last April in a state-owned vehicle



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    The son of Illinois Senate President John Cullerton pleaded guilty in Cook County traffic court Friday morning to driving drunk in his father’s state-owned SUV last April.

    Dressed in a gray suit, Garritt Cullerton, 27, quietly plead guilty to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge. Judge Sharon O. Johnson sentenced Cullerton to two years conditional discharge -- similar to probation -- plus mandatory alcohol treatment, 240 hours of community service and fined him $1,250.

    He also received a ticket for improper lane usage, but a second ticket for negligent driving was dropped.

    Early on the morning of last April 18, Cullerton was behind the wheel of a state-issued 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid and caught the attention of Chicago police, according to court records.

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    Officers pulled Cullerton over near the 800 block of North Dearborn and noticed he had bloodshot eyes and a strong odor of alcohol.

    His father, a North Side Democrat, later issued a statement saying the vehicle was to be used for official legislative business and that Garritt Cullerton, employed as a researcher for the state, was not authorized to drive it.  The vehicle was later surrendered.

    The younger Cullerton has been pulled over at least eight times since 2001.