DUI News: Driving With a 15-Foot Tree In Your Car’s Grill Is A Dead Giveaway

Note To Self: Driving With A Tree In Your Car’s Grill Looks Suspicious

Just recently, a story surfaced regarding a very bizarre traffic stop incident in Illinois.  The Roselle, Illinois police department posted a video on its Facebook page showing a woman driving around in a scene straight out of the Police Academy movies.

54-year-old Maryann Christy of Schaumburg, Illinois was pulled over when a local citizen noticed her driving with a 15-foot tree sticking out of the grille of her car, a 2004 black Lincoln.  Yes, you read that correctly and you can see the video here.  When police caught up with Christy and pulled her over, upon questioning her about the tree she replied that she “didn’t remember where” she hit the tree and that she had been driving for a few miles.

The officer reported that Christy failed the field sobriety test and that she smelled of alcohol, which apparently was stronger than the pine aroma coming from the tree.

We report this story here not to be gratuitous, but simply to show another example of how alcohol can impair your senses and make you a driver who is a potential danger to others as well as a danger to yourself.  She’s fortunate that the tree did not fall on her car and injure her; however, now she’s going to have to face what will be a difficult hearing, given the fact that she will have to be accountable to a judge for driving with a 15-foot tree embedded in her grill, standing straight up and blocking part of her field of vision.  Very bizarre, indeed.

Our advice?  Don’t drive with large foliage embedded in your car’s hood and don’t drive drunk.   A DUI conviction brings with it some potentially severe monetary penalties, as well as an impact you will feel for many years to come.  If you or someone you know is in need of representation for DUI, contact the experienced Maryland DUI attorneys of Alpert Schreyer, LLC.  Put our experience to work for you to get the best possible results and move forward into a better future.

About Andrew Alpert

+Andrew is one of the leading DUI and criminal defense attorneys in both the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia. He blogs about Maryland DUI law, has numerous videos on the subject and has been asked to appear on national television to offer his legal opinion on high-profile criminal cases.