Cops: Erratic driving caused by reading
A woman who police said was driving erratically because she was reading was cited for several traffic violations Saturday morning
Police received a call about a black Mercedes SUV driving erratically near Barlow Road, swerving over the center traffic line eight different times. When an officer caught up with the SUV, he reported seeing it nearly run off the road twice, according to the report. He activated his cruiser's lights, but the driver -- later identified as Kimberly Piagentini, 39, of Woodridge Avenue -- failed to immediately stop, police said. The officer then activated the cruiser's siren, but Piagentini continued for another 500 feet before pulling over, police said.
Piagentini told the officer she was distracted because she was reading a pamphlet, according to the report. Piagentini also had a suspended driver's license and no photo identification, police said.
Her husband came to the scene to identify Piagentini, who was cited for operating under suspension, failure to drive right and distracted driving.