Rousso Cited with DUI Days Before Her Name Was Released

The Highland Park 18-year-old who drove into a family, killing a 5-year-old girl, was cited with driving under the influence shortly after the crash on Monday. Why wasn't her name disclosed to the public until Wednesday evening?

The 18-year-old Highland Park resident , was cited with a DUI shortly after the crash on Monday, two days before , according to the Lake County States' Attorney's office.

The driver's identity was not revealed on Monday because charges had not been filed yet, according to a news release sent out Monday afternoon by the . On Wednesday evening, a news release from the Highland Park City Manager's office identified the driver as Carly Rousso and said she'd been cited with "driving under the influence of an intoxicating compound or combination of intoxicating compounds in connection with protocols associated with blood and urine draws."

However, according to Lake County Deputy State's Attorney Traffic Division Chief Ken LaRue, that citation was handed down two days earlier, at , where Rousso had blood drawn so that it could be tested for drugs or alcohol.

"She was charged Monday," La Rue said. "When we draw blood we need to issue a ticket."

After her blood was drawn, Rousso was taken to the Highland Park Police Department, where mugshots were taken and she was released on bond.

Calls to the police department were not immediately returned Thursday afternoon. To view the ticket issues Monday, click on the PDF icon above.

Some members of the community, like City Councilman Tony Blumberg, are perplexed by the delay in the release of information.

"The press release from the Highland Park Police Department indicated no charges were filed, and I have no idea why that is," Blumberg said.

The two-day lag between the citation and the release of Rousso's identity might have been caused by the fact that there's a difference between a citation being issued and a charge being filed, according to LaRue. Though Rousso was charged on Monday, the county clerk didn't file her charge until Wednesday, which was when she was given her case number and court date.

"Technically, charges are filed when the case number is assigned," LaRue told Patch. "The clerk just assigned a number Wednesday."

Blumberg was nonplussed by this suggestion.

"I don't understand that explanation," the councilman said. "I can't explain why it was handled in this way."

Deputy City Manager Ghida Neukirch told Patch on Thursday evening that the initial misdemeanor charge of DUI was filed for the purpose of getting blood and urine samples, without which those tests would not have been possible. Police were following the direction of the State's Attorney's office, which wanted to complete its investigation before final charges were identified and made. However, after pressure was placed on the State's Attorney's office on Wednesday, that initial charge was made public. 

"We were going under the guidance of the Lake County State's Attorney," Neukirch said.

Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering is one of many people who expressed frustration that Rousso was allowed to go free after Monday's crash. The mayor pointed her frustration towards the States' Attorney's office in .

"The City Council, staff and I are frustrated by the delayed manner in which this case is being handled," Rotering said.

Investigation continues

As the community plans Thursday evening for Jaclyn, the States' Attorney's Office continues its investigation. The major crash assistance team is assembling to diagram what happened and examine Rousso's vehicle. Meanwhile, LaRue is waiting on toxicology reports and on phone records to see if Rousso was texting at the time of the crash.

"It doesn't make any sense to charge someone with something until we get the full investigation," La Rue said.

Potential charges include aggravated driving under the influence, which is a class two felony that can lead to a prison sentence of three to 14 years, or reckless homicide, a class three felony that can lead to probation or up to five years in prison.

When questioned about criticisms that his office was working at a slow pace throughout the investigation, LaRue stressed the importance of due process.

"We don't want to rush to judgment. When you do that, that's when mistakes are made," he said. "A young girl died, there's no reason we should deviate from established protocol."

Though he doesn't understand LaRue's explanation for why Rousso's name was not revealed earlier, Blumberg said he was satisfied with the way the State's Attorney's Office has handled the evidence in the case.

"The investigation is proceeding correctly," he said. "The issues of disclosure to the public, while disturbing, has no impact on the due process necessary to a legal proceeding."

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Evan September 08, 2012 at 02:47 AM
Thank you.
Chilawyer September 08, 2012 at 06:18 AM
Liar. You post this over and over, but it's not a "fact," it's a lie. Any such mauling would have been reported in media. It never was because it never happened.
Chilawyer September 08, 2012 at 06:23 AM
With idiot "friends" like Lex, Carly doesn't need enemies. Keep up the good work, you are helping to seal her well-deserved fate. (You knew her in Utah, eh? On one of your spoiled brat ski trips, no doubt. Did you huff together between runs?)
Theodore Perez September 08, 2012 at 02:43 PM
@ Marine Sniper, Thanks for pointing out the obvious to the others and for your support! Semper Fi! As a point of comparison, a Wilmette driver was cited on Friday for DUI. His name, age, and address, with charges were released within hours of the ticket being issued and reported in today's paper. See it in today's Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-wilmette-man-charged-with-dui-rear-ending-chicago-police-car-20120908,0,4543336.story Why was the identity of Carly Rousso was not released for 2 + days? The identity was taken off the Patch initially and was treated as confidential by the city, the mayor, states attorney (maybe), and HP police. We should note that failed process as a major point of concern. That is the sign of preferential treatment or negligent reporting. That delay in reporting the initial DUI ticket was wrong and must be investigated. We should remain diligent that our leaders do not play favorites, be it from ethnic or social status. It erodes the democratic process.
Walter White September 08, 2012 at 02:50 PM
The quickest way to being ignored in the future is to make every single issue about race. Just look at Rainbow/PUSH who nobody listens to anymore. Pick your battles and maybe you will have a strong voice in the community. The perpertrator to this crime was arrested and will stand trial. Stop beating a dead horse.
Hp resident September 08, 2012 at 11:39 PM
@chilawyer You obviously do research very well.. You may not like my opinion but a liar I am not here's your link . http://chicagolampoon.blogspot.com/2009/05/highland-park-mulls-pitbull-ban-girl.html?m=1. No name because she was a minor
Bill M. September 09, 2012 at 06:05 AM
Donna M: You are caught up in the wording. Go look up the statutes (laws). That is how the Illinois Legislature wrote the laws. Reckless homicide can include a lot of different things. It is more broad. Aggravated DUI (involving death) is very specific and the Legislature made it a more serious offense.
Bill M. September 09, 2012 at 06:11 AM
Your an idiot!!! You are comparing apples and oranges. Two completely different types of crimes. You don't need toxicology results to charge someone with robbery!!! Jacka$$! It is unbelievable how many idiots comment on this site!!
Bill M. September 09, 2012 at 06:27 AM
WOW!! Finally someone with a brain says something that makes sense. No one is hiding anything. There was a case a few months ago where a child was killed by a boater on the Chain (Fox Lake area). That case was handled in a very similar manner by police and the Lake County States Attorney's Office. The boater was not charged immediately after KILLING A 10YO BOY!!! CHARGES WERE FILED WEEKS LATER AFTER THE INVESTIGATION AND TOXICOLOGY WAS COMPLETED!!!! The boater was EVENTUALLY charged with five counts of aggravated operating under the influence that resulted in death, and two counts of reckless homicide. Very similar type of case that was handled in very similar manner by the police and the State's Attorney. ARE YOU PEOPLE STARTING TO UNDERSTAND HOW THIS WORKS?????
Bill M. September 09, 2012 at 06:33 AM
Bill M. September 09, 2012 at 06:40 AM
The driver is Hispanic just like the victims. Carly is adopted. You had to wait an extra day to find out the name.....SO WHAT!!! IT DOESN'T CHANGE ANYTHING!!!
Bill M. September 09, 2012 at 06:43 AM
Come down off the clock tower sniper!
Bill M. September 09, 2012 at 06:44 AM
Your an idiot too
Bill M. September 09, 2012 at 06:51 AM
Chilawer:: Your wrong!!! It did happen when she was 14. Her face was torn apart. It was in the Chicago Tribune: "Highland Park Mayor Michael Belsky called for a citywide ban on pit bulls Monday, three days after a 14-year-old girl was bitten on the face and arms, requiring hundreds of stitches, he said. "I am very concerned about what happened," said Belsky, who said the child's injuries were not life-threatening. "These are mercurial dogs, they are unpredictable and they are lethal," Belsky said. "I think we need to lead by example here, and maybe other communities will follow suit and create a groundswell, like the smoking ban."
Bill M. September 09, 2012 at 07:00 AM
Marine Sniper September 09, 2012 at 11:46 AM
@Bill M. Comments by @Bill M: "Come down off the clock tower sniper!" & this directed to another poster: "Your an idiot too" Typical Troll. Rudely inserts self into conversation. Has NOTHING constructive to contribute. Starts criticizing posters for their effort and participation, yet has not contributed an intelligent opinion. Reason? Is unable to grasp story and base an objective declaration from such. Is not able to retain what he/she/ reads, if in fact they are able to read. Is this guy/girl for real? ---Semper Fi!
Marine Sniper September 09, 2012 at 11:48 AM
@Bill M. Comments by @Bill M: "Come down off the clock tower sniper!" & this directed to another poster: "Your an idiot too" Typical Troll. Rudely inserts self into conversation. Has NOTHING constructive to contribute. Starts criticizing posters for their effort and participation, yet has not contributed an intelligent opinion. Reason? Is unable to grasp story and base an objective declaration from such. Is not able to retain what he/she/ reads, if in fact they are able to read. Is this guy/girl for real? ---Semper Fi!
Take the High Road Please September 09, 2012 at 06:11 PM
As a parent in HP, it saddens me that this incident has occurred and has divided the community I so dearly love. It has divided the community because we as adults have let it. Look at all these posts - so negative, judgmental and hate filled. How about we give it a rest and let the authorities sort this out? For those of you who have teens, this could of happened to any one of you and you know it. We as parents do not always know that our children are where they say they are and we hope for the best when children are put in a situation where they need to exercise good judgment. I know the Rousso's and they are great people and parents. They have two other children in college doing well. Not every child goes done a path full of wisdom and when they don't we hope that life's consequences plus the ones we provide as parents steer them in the right direction again. I am very sorry for the loss of a 5 year old and also very sorry for the Rousso's. Hearts are broken all around. As a community we need to provide support for both sets of parents instead of tearing them down and making assumptions.
Marine Sniper September 09, 2012 at 07:31 PM
I do agree. When this article first ran and comments were being posted, the atmosphere was civil. All it takes is a few remarks that are critical and abusive in nature directed to a well meaning poster. It is only natural for one to respond by returning name calling, with name calling, for some. The goal of many "Trolls" is to start discord and aggression in forums such as this. And even among posters whom are familiar and friendly with each other. A knowledgeable "Troll" managed to spark an aura of disharmony between them, in this forum. The moderator of this forum did not have the knowledge or experience to see through this. And some are very good at what they do. Even well intentioned moderators have unwittingly not seen through these "Trolls". They themselves have been "played". I must say this with no pretentious attitude. The "moderator" of this story and forum has been played by two well versed "Trolls". Played like a well tuned violin. I have seen these "Trolls" run their act in other stories. ---Semper Fi!
Its me September 09, 2012 at 11:48 PM
@Chilawyer from what I know Carly was attacked by a pitbull when she was 16 and hasn't been around hp very much since then, as she was dealing with PTSD and thats when she turned to drugs and drinking far more heavily and was then sent to rehab. perhaps her friend "lex" is one she met in rehab?
Its me September 09, 2012 at 11:49 PM
it doesn't take 3 years to get over the pain of reconstructive surgery and she JUST returned from rehab.
Its me September 09, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Lex claimed in an earlier post that she was friends with Carly. clearly anyone who would be friends with that mess of a human being isn't someone who Id imagine most people wouldn't think very much of. she's clearly just as classless and vulgar as Carly is.
Jeff Wheeler September 10, 2012 at 04:20 AM
She must have had a great plastic surgeon (and/or lawsuit settlement?) considering she posted all those racy photos of herself on MySpace not long after this so called pit-bull "mauling". Those photos look like they belong in GQ magazine, geeze.... she was how old then, 16?! Let's not forget twitter postings too, those were fantastic reads ... it just shows what kind of person she is.
RRR September 11, 2012 at 12:47 PM
I agree too Marine Sniper! The Patch does not run these forums very well, and I for one am sick of the trolls. Perhaps we should solicit the Patch to install more stringent rules and when crossed they shut down the Trolls from working the threads and making people crazy upset that they resort to attacking each other.
paul September 12, 2012 at 03:34 AM
You can already seen where is going. The first mistake was letting the Highland Park police handle it. Now you'll start seeing a cover up to protect the Rousso's
paul September 12, 2012 at 03:41 AM
Probably the only reason the HPP took the urine samples was because they probably thought it was the mothers and they wanted to charge her with stepping in front of the car. We all know how the HPP are.
Deerfield Resident September 12, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Take the high road......this would NOT have happened to my kid unless the car had steering and brake issues...I know what type of people my kids are and refuse to let these parents of this mess of an adult living at home off the hook. From her postings, drug busts and rumors alone she should never have been allowed to walk the streets without supervision let alone drive. How dare you say there are 2 families grieving....no one should give a damn about the Roussos feelings. Throw her in jail.....enough said.
kurt swanson September 13, 2012 at 05:16 PM
like cold and sinus meds you will most likely need show a l.d. to buy computer cleaner
Mary Pike September 16, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Well said. Race is always a part of things in our society. To believe it otherwise is part of the reason anti racist change comes so slowly. Not to question in what way privilege was part of this tragedy would be more colorblind thinking which doesn't offer a way through this obvious and pertinent issue. True: no winners in this tragedy, only the chance to look more deeply at our assumptions and how to be better citizens.
Benny G. September 18, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Anyone with a "Marine Sniper" handle and signing "Semper Fi!" definitely has never had anything to do with any branch of the military...Just saying. You're a phony at face. Give it up and spare us all.


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