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Newlywed Who Disappeared Convicted of Drunken Driving

November 1, 1988

CHICAGO (AP) _ A newlywed whose four-month disappearance with her new husband drew national attention has been convicted of drunken driving and fined $350 for a September auto accident.

Carolyn MacLean Swanson, 22, was found guilty Monday by Du Page County Circuit Court Judge Richard Lucas. The former Wheaton College student offered no defense.

Prosecutors said Mrs. Swanson had a blood alcohol level of 0.21, more than double the legal level, after the Sept. 6 accident in Wheaton when her car swerved across a road and struck another auto.

Mrs. Swanson had pleaded innocent to charges of driving under the influence, lane violation and illegal transportation of liquor. Authorities said the third charge referred to an open can of beer in her car.

In addition to the fine, Mrs. Swanson was ordered to pay court costs and sentenced to one year of supervision.

She and her husband, Scott, 23, disappeared in April, prompting fears of foul play and a nationwide search. They surfaced in San Diego four months later, saying they had vanished to seek ″perfect love.″

Both drivers were slightly injured in the accident, and while being treated for a slight concussion at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Mrs. Swanson learned she was pregnant.

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