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Joliet driver charged after passenger feared for her baby's life

ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – A passenger in a car with a driver who was allegedly impaired called 911 when he would not let her out and she feared for her baby girl's life, resulting in his arrest, Kane County sheriff’s reports stated.

Deondre Brefford, 22, of the zero block of Bradford Road in Joliet, was charged April 28 with driving under the influence of drugs and – on May 2 – with endangering the life and health of a child, according to the sheriff’s office and court records.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 911 call at 4:45 a.m. from the passenger, who later told deputies that she and the driver had drunk cranberry juice laced with Xanax, an anti-anxiety medication, and that she fell asleep while he was driving, reports stated.

She was awakened when Brefford drove on a curb on the side of an unknown road, reports stated.

She grabbed the wheel several times to keep him from driving off the road, but he continued to drive dangerously and erratically, almost hit another car, and refused to allow her to drive or to stop and let her and her baby get out, reports stated.

The woman called 911, fearing her baby in the back seat would be injured if Brefford was allowed to keep driving, reports stated. Deputies took the woman and her baby home.

Brefford is to appear in court on the driving under the influence charge May 24, while no court date was scheduled as of Monday for the charge of endangering a child, according to court records.

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