Just two days after pleading guilty to aggravated drunken driving — a case stemming from her arrest in Brookfield in May — Park Ridge resident Leslie Thurow allegedly got drunk again and climbed into her maroon 2004 Honda CRV.
On Sept. 6, the 59-year-old Thurow allegedly struck and injured Illinois State Trooper Michael Cokins as Cokins conducted a routine traffic stop on the northbound Tri-State Tollway near St. Charles Road.
Cokins, who has been a state trooper for just eight months, suffered multiple broken bones and was initially listed in critical condition. His condition since has been upgraded to stable, according to Illinois State Police spokeswoman Monique Bond.
While fleeing the scene, according to Bond, Thurow’s vehicle also sideswiped a vehicle carrying a family of seven. The impact caused that vehicle to roll over. Members of the family were treated for what police termed non-life threatening injuries.
It is the fourth time Thurow has been arrested for DUI since 2008 and the third time since December 2013, according to police. She has three previous convictions for DUI, including one for felony drunken driving, connected to an incident in Brookfield on May 28.
On that date, around 10:40 a.m., Thurow was driving the same maroon Honda down the 3700 block of Park Avenue. She was headed south when she crashed the Honda into a silver Ford, parked on the west side of the street. Brookfield’s parking enforcement officer was making his rounds that day when he spotted the crash.
She was very intoxicated, police said, and had little idea exactly where she was. Police found a bottle of bourbon on the front passenger seat. The following day, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office charged Thurow with felony DUI, after learning she had been convicted twice previously for DUI, in December 2008 and on March 31, 2014.
It’s unclear how much time she spent in Cook County Jail following her Brookfield arrest, but Thurow appeared before Judge Geary Kull at the Maybrook courthouse on Sept. 4.
There she pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated DUI. Kull sentenced Thurow to two years’ probation and fined her $4,494, according to court records.
Thurow appeared in bond court at the Cook County Criminal Courthouse on Sunday, where Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. ordered her held without bond for violating the terms of her probation.
She faces charges of felony DUI, fleeing the scene of an accident, and other offenses in connection with Saturday’s incident on the tollway.
Thurow is scheduled to appear in court again on Sept. 9 at Maybrook.
This article has been change to correct the spelling of State Trooper Michael Cokins’ name.