St. Charles police officers rescued a 26-year-old woman from her sinking vehicle Monday, April 17 after she drove her car into the Fox River, St. Charles police said.
The woman, Jeannette Geskie, of St. Charles, has been charged with drunken driving.
According to St. Charles Police Deputy Chief Dave Kintz, the incident occurred around 9:38 p.m. in the parking lot of Pottawatomie Park, 8 North Ave.
An officer who was parked in the lot witnessed Geskie drive her vehicle down a boat ramp and into the Fox River. The vehicle ended up approximately 70 feet off shore and began to sink with Geskie inside, Kintz said.
The officer who witnessed the incident called for additional help from the St. Charles police and fire departments.
As additional officers arrived, Officer Charles Crumlett, an 11-year department veteran, swam out to rescue Geskie.
Crumlett used his baton to break out the back window of the vehicle and get Geskie out safely, Kintz said. Other officers and members of the fire department helped bring Geskie to shore.
According to Kintz, Geskie told police she had gotten confused in the parking lot and did not intentionally drive her vehicle into the river.
She was taken to Delnor Hospital for treatment and it was determined that she had been drinking prior to the incident, Kintz said.
Geskie treated and released from the hospital and then taken to the St. Charles Police Department where she was charged with a single count of drunken driving.
— Police rescue St. Charles woman charged with DUI from Fox River —