Cops Pull Over Car With Tree Stuck in Grille
Police in Roselle, Illinois, say tree was about 15 feet high
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 7, 2016 3:00 PM CST
Images of the tree-damaged vehicle in Roselle, Illinois.   (Roselle Police Dept.)

(Newser) – Seems Illinois cops had good reason to pull over a driver in January: "Stopped for driving with a large tree embedded in the front grille," a police report says. Officers in Roselle, a town in northeastern Illinois, figured the tree was about 15 feet high. "We didn't stand there and measure it, but it was a big tree," Roselle Deputy Chief Roman Tarchala tells the Chicago Tribune. An officer spotted the 2004 Lincoln ("presumably without much difficulty," says the Tribune) on Jan. 23 after a motorist called in about the strange sight. Police say the Lincoln's driver, 54-year-old Maryann Christy, smelled of booze and didn't pass sobriety tests.

Christy told police she had rammed into the tree in her hometown of Schaumburg, but wasn't sure where. Officers also noticed that airbags in her car had been deployed, WLS-TV reports. Roselle police eventually posted pics of Christy's car on the department's Facebook page and saw the images go viral, with more than 20,000 shares as of Tuesday morning. "We were just trying to be pro-active and put something on our new Facebook page," says Tarchala. Charged with driving under the influence, Christy is expected in court on April 15. (Meanwhile, Daytona's famous speedway may have logged its first DUI.)