A Newport Township trustee was charged with driving under the influence after she rear-ended a stationary Lake County sheriff’s squad car in Wadsworth late Wednesday evening.
Corey L. Kirschhoffer, 47, of the 39800 block of North Mauser Drive in Wadsworth, was charged with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol and one count of failure to yield to an emergency vehicle (Scott’s Law). She was also cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
A Lake County sheriff’s deputy initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle around 10:35 p.m. Wednesday. The deputy pulled the vehicle over on eastbound Wadsworth Road just east of Delany Road in Wadsworth.
The deputy had their emergency lights on the squad car activated while talking to the violator, according to Lake County Sheriff Spokesman Sgt. Christopher Covelli.
A 2013 GMC Acadia, driven by Kirschhoffer, struck the rear of the squad car. Nobody was injured during the crash.
“Sheriff’s deputies determined Kirschhoffer was driving under the influence of alcohol. She was arrested and transported to the Lake County Jail,” Covelli said Thursday morning.
In 2006, Kirschhoffer was arrested by Gurnee police and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. In that case, she was sentenced to a year of supervision, DUI school and a fine.
Kirschhoffer was released from the Lake County Jail Thursday on $20,000 recognizance bond and is scheduled to appear in court again on January 29.