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Woman with 3 DUI arrests in 19 days hopes to avoid prison

A 34-year-old Lake in the Hills woman has been sober since being arrested three times in 19 days for DUI in July 2013, and she’s attending AA meetings, earning her bachelor’s degree, regaining custody of her daughter and getting remarried.

But Tiara Norris still could be sentenced to prison Thursday if a Kane County judge determines she’s had five overall DUI arrests.

“I take full responsibility for the atrocious mistake I made the night of July 29, 2013,” a tearful Norris told Judge David Kliment on Tuesday during a sentencing hearing. “I gave up on life. I had no will to live and turned to alcohol. I thank God every day I didn’t kill or hurt anyone.”

Norris had two previous DUI arrests from 2010 and 2012 when she was arrested on July 10, 2013, in Gilberts, according to court records and prosecutors. A breath test registered a .32 blood-alcohol concentration; the legal threshold is .08.

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