Published May 31, 2007
WHEATON, Ill. – The daughter of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has been sentenced to 18 months of court supervision after pleading guilty to drunken driving.
Ann S. Banaszewski, 45, of Wheaton, on Wednesday accepted a plea agreement under which prosecutors dropped four other charges including endangering the life of a child and failure to secure a child younger than age eight in a child-restraint system.
She was arrested Feb. 12 while driving away from a fast-food restaurant in Wheaton, 20 miles west of Chicago. Three of her children were inside her 1996 Ford van when someone called police to report a suspected intoxicated driver, authorities have said.
Banaszewski refused to take a breath test, resulting in an automatic six-month suspension of her driver's license which she didn't contest in March.
A DuPage County judge also sentenced Banaszewski to work 140 hours of public service and attend counseling sessions, according to Paul Darrah, a spokesman for the DuPage County state's attorney's office.
Banaszewski's attorney, Donald Ramsell, said the plea agreement was fair to both sides.
Scalia, who began serving on the Supreme Court in 1986, has nine children.