A mother police dubbed “one of worst DUI offenders in the U.S.” was arrested in Illinois for her seventh offense after officers allegedly caught her attempting to fill her car with kerosene instead of gas.
WLS reported that Tasha Lynn Schleicher, 41, of New Hope, Minnesota, was arrested at a Riverside gas station Monday night following reports that she was passed out behind the wheel. While responding officers found Schleicher conscious, police said that it appeared that she tried to fill her gas tank at the kerosene pump.
Officers said that Schleicher appeared highly intoxicated and reeked of alcohol. They also allegedly located an open bottle of Crown Royal in the front passenger seat.
Officers said Schleicher stepped out of her vehicle and was “in total disarray, not wearing shoes, and her clothes were literally falling off her,” the station reported.
Local police mentioned that mother of 11 had three outstanding warrants and six prior DUI arrests out of six states, not including Illinois. However, Chief Tom Weitzel called this week’s arrest “one of the worst impaired driving arrests our agency has ever made,” according to the Chicago Tribune.
RPD arrested female/41 of New Hope, Minnesota for felony DUI after she was found passed out @ wheel @3346 S. Harlem. She is one of the worst DUI offenders this agency has ever arrested. Wanted a several warrants from Nebraska, Idaho and Oregon, all for DUI. Took place at 9:27 PM. pic.twitter.com/uyj2Dgej4P
— Riverside Police (@PDRiverside) April 4, 2018
“When she was arrested in a state, she would just not show up in court unless she was held in custody. That’s one of the reasons for so many outstanding warrants,” he explained in a statement.
At the time, Schleicher allegedly claimed she was in Illinois to drop her 15-year-old son off to party in Indiana for spring break. She also lied about her name, Social Security number, and even about being pregnant and experiencing a miscarriage, Weitzel said.
In October, Schleicher was arrested in Minnesota for allegedly drunkenly veering off a highway with her five kids in tow. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune wrote that officers found her at the scene breastfeeding her baby. An article published in the Post and Bulletin stated that she had regained custody of all her children two months earlier.
Schleicher is currently charged with two counts of felony aggravated drunk driving, two counts of misdemeanor drunk driving, no vehicle insurance, driving while license revoked, and transportation of open alcohol while driving.
Weitzel said authorities are working to find her 15-year-old son.
[Featured Image: Tasha Lynn Schleicher/Riverside Police Department]