A 21-year-old Lisle woman was charged with drunken driving and she reportedly passed out while driving southbound on First Avenue near Waubansee Road in Riverside early Friday morning, with her 2008 Chevy Cobalt careening into the woods on the east side of the roadway.
The car came to a stop when it hit a tree about 150 feet inside the forested area where emergency personnel found it. The woman suffered minor injuries and was transported by paramedics to MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn for treatment before being back into police custody.
A truck driver called 911 at about 1:35 a.m. to report that a vehicle had left the roadway just south of Waubansee Road. Police entered the woods on foot, using floodlights and flashlights to locate the car.
The driver was still behind the wheel when police arrived and she appeared “extremely confused,” according to the police report.
Police reported that the driver said she was on her way home from a bar in Downers Grove and that she was cut off by another vehicle, which caused her to swerve and lose control of her car.
However, according to police, there were no skid marks on the roadway and no brake marks in the woods.
A portable breath test done at the scene reportedly revealed the woman’s blood-alcohol level to be twice the legal limit. She was unable to complete field sobriety tests due to her injuries, police said.
In addition to driving under the influence, the woman was cited for improper lane usage and having no proof of insurance.
It’s the second time in two weeks that a vehicle has ended up in the woods east of First Avenue around Waubansee Road. On Oct. 23 a man drove his car into the woods after doing an illegal U-turn and getting struck by a northbound vehicle.
First Avenue was closed between Waubansee Road and Ogden Avenue for about 40 minutes early Friday morning.