Recent Interlock Case Demonstrates Powerful Effect

Ignition Interlock DevicesJust last week, a Montgomery County Circuit Court judge sent a Maryland woman back to jail after the “interlock” device on her car stopped her from starting it several times.

40 year old Kelli Loos was ordered by Judge Joseph Dugan to be held without bond for 90 days. She will face sentencing after trying to repeatedly start her car, which was prevented by an alcohol reading interlock device.  Last year, Annapolis resident Loos claimed that Altoid breath mints had caused the interlock to indicate the presence of alcohol. She later dropped that claim.

Before this, she was imprisoned for a drunk driving crash that caused two deaths in 2009. The case’s relevance is magnified in the face of Maryland lawmakers who are fighting to make drunk driving laws and penalties tougher.  While prosecutors want Loos to be incarcerated, her attorney is pushing strongly for her to go into a treatment program for help.

In 2013, Loos was paroled from prison after serving 4 years of a 10 year sentence. She was later allowed to drive on the condition that she blew into the interlock device before starting the car.   The interlock device stopped her from starting her car at least 3 times. One reading was twice the legal limit.

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As this case has come into the spotlight, it is a reminder of the severity of drunk driving penalties and the importance of taking them seriously.  When lives are lost, everything becomes even more magnified.  The best solution:  don’t drink and drive.  If you or someone you know finds themselves in need of DUI legal assistance, please contact the experienced attorneys of Alpert Schreyer, LLC.  We are here to help you

About Andrew Alpert

+Andrew is one of the leading DUI and criminal defense attorneys in both the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia. He blogs about Maryland DUI law, has numerous videos on the subject and has been asked to appear on national television to offer his legal opinion on high-profile criminal cases.