Woman drives through Illinois despite 15-foot tree stuck in car's bumper

Police in Illinois arrested a woman for drunk driving thanks to a tip that someone was driving a car that had a tree lodged somewhere between its grille, bonnet and bumper.

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(Roselle Police Department)

Police in Illinois arrested a woman for drunk driving thanks to a tip that someone was driving a car that had a tree lodged somewhere between its grille, bonnet and bumper.

The woman had been driving through Roselle, Ill. on Jan. 23 when another driver had called the police regarding an odd sight on the road, according to the Chicago Tribune

An officer managed to catch up with the car, a Lincoln, and noted the airbags had already been deployed, likely from when the car hit the tree. 

The woman was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after failing multiple sobriety tests, reported the Tribune. 

"Yet another reason why you should not drink and drive!" Roselle police wrote on their Facebook page

Roselle Police Department posted images of the incident on their Facebook page, where estimated the tree was about 15 feet tall. 

The images of an uprooted tree protruding from the front of the car have been shared by more than 22,000 people, the comments on which have been largely astonishment and disbelief.  

"Some just didn't believe it was true, so we have attached a short video of this call," the police department wrote in a second post. 

In the dashboard camera video posted to Roselle Police Department's Facebook page, an officer saw a series of bright lights, cars, and a tree move past him in the opposite road lane. 

The officer swung the car around to stop the vehicle, which eventually does stop by the side of the road. 

The driver was 54-year-old Maryann Christy, who began her journey when she crashed into the tree somewhere in Schaumburg, a Chicago suburb. From there, she somehow had made her way to Roselle, Christy told police according to the Tribune. 

Roselle is about a nine-minute drive south of Schaumburg, 

Roman Tarchala, Roselle police's deputy chief, told the Chicago Tribune that they've been learning to use their Facebook page, but he was baffled by the reaction to post.

"We were just trying to be proactive and put something on our new Facebook page," Tarchala said. 

Christy's DuPage County Court date is set for April 15. 


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