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DUI Suspect Bites Off Booking Room Camera, Police Say

Police say he was handcuffed when he removed the camera with his mouth and spit it into a garbage can.

The following information is from the Libertyville Police Department. An arrest is not an indication of guilt.

Police arrested Mark R. Santini, 49, of Buffalo Grove, March 7 for DUI after he rear-ended a vehicle on Milwaukee Avenue near Lake Street. A passenger in the vehicle he hit was transported to Condell Hospital where she was treated and released. Santini was asked to perform field sobriety tests, which police said he failed. When police searched Santini’s car, they said they found cannabis and drug paraphernalia.

During the arrest process, Santini obstructed officers by repeatedly refusing to cooperate, police said. At one point while handcuffed, he was seen removing a booking room camera with his mouth and spitting the camera into a garbage can.

Santini was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, DUI alcohol, unlawful possession of cannabis, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, obstructing a peace officer and attempted theft.

He was released on a $1,000 personal recognizance bond and given an April 18 court date.

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BIGBAKER.. March 15, 2014 at 09:22 AM
should of been spitting out is his teeth, what a Jack ASS, I guess that`s what you do, when your DRUNK and HIGH, and to top it off this DUMB ASS was driving.
Bob Laird March 16, 2014 at 01:00 AM
love reading the Joliet patch. you guys got some funnier characters than Chicago.
Mz. KH March 16, 2014 at 09:06 AM
Hungry bastard should NOT have been release on a darn I-Bond, it amazes me the disparity that still exists in this crooked law we have!
Oliver P. McCracken March 17, 2014 at 01:18 PM
If this young ruffian had pulled such a stunt here in Skokie, our own rough-neck village police would've knocked his teeth out, as they have been known to do to those who navigate their automated carriages after drinking a bit too much!

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