ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – A Glen Ellyn woman was charged with felony aggravated drunken driving because it was her fourth violation, according to Kane County Sheriff’s reports and court records.
Louise D. Kruckner, 54, of the 22W100 block of Glenrise Court, Glen Ellyn, was also charged Feb. 7 with driving with a revoked license and stopping or parking in a roadway, sheriff’s and court records state.
Aggravated DUI is a Class 2 felony, punishable bu four to seven years in prison and fines up to $25,000, if convicted.
Kruckner’s three previous charges for driving under the influence were from St. Louis, Mo., the report stated.
Deputies first noticed Kruckner’s silver 2016 Kia Surrento stopped in the northbound lane of Burr Road, just north of Dean Street at 12:41 a.m. Feb. 2, the sheriff’s report stated.
Kruckner was in the driver’s seat, her dog was in the front passenger seat, the vehicle was running and in park when the deputy approached, the report stated.
Kruckner said she was OK, and added, “I’m actually a little lost, but thank you for asking,” the report stated.
When asked why she was stopped in the middle of the road, Kruckner replied, “Because I’m lost,” the report stated.
Kruckner stated she was going to her sister’s house in Geneva, the report stated.
Kruckner told the deputy that she had just been pulled over 20 minutes earlier and did not have her identification because another officer had taken it, the report stated.
Kruckner could not state what police agency had pulled her over, but that she had been given a warning and was supposed to get a ride, the report stated.
Eventually, Kruckner found the warning from another agency and the deputy provided her driver’s license number to KaneComm and learned her license had been revoked, the report stated.
Kruckner admitted to having had a glass of wine at about 11 p.m., the report stated.
While doing field sobriety tests, at one point Kruckner “became confrontational, as she interrupted me, stepped back and stated, ‘Are you saying I’m drunk?’” the report stated.
The deputy told her he was doing tests to check for impairment, and Kruckner then refused to continue, saying she was cold, the report stated.
Though Kruckner later apologized and stated she did not mean to be disrespectful, but she refused to continue sobriety tests, submit to a breath test or chemical testing, the report stated.
While Kruckner was taken to the Kane County jail, deputies transported her dog to her sister’s house, the report stated.
Deputies found a bottle of Jack Daniel’s Southern Peach under the blankets placed on the seat for the dog, the report stated.
Deputies also found two more empty containers of the same alcoholic beverage on the front passenger side floorboard, an unopened bottle in the same area and an open, partially-filled bottle in the center console, the report stated.
All containers were within reach from the driver’s seat, the report stated.
Kruckner was released on her own recognizance and is scheduled to appear in court March 9.
Kruckner’s attorney Liam Dixon said, “We have not received any discovery as of yet. I would anticipate we would be going to trial on this case.”
Kruckner also faces a separate citation on Feb. 6 from Geneva police of driving with a revoked license, records show.
She is to appear in traffic court on that charge March 1, court records show.
Police stopped Kruckner shortly before 10 p.m. in the 600 block of West State Street, because she was driving without headlights turned on, according to Geneva police reports.
The officer gave Kruckner a warning notice for improper lighting and a citation for driving with a revoked license, the report stated.
Source: The Daily Chronicle