ST. CHARLES – At 9:38 p.m. April 17, the St. Charles Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a car in the Fox River near Pottawatomie Park, 801 N. Second Ave., St. Charles. After being rescued, Jeannette Geskie, 26, of the 34W500 block of Roosevelt Avenue, St. Charles, was charged with driving under the influence, according to a police news release.
A police officer in the Pottawatomie parking lot had seen Geskie's car drive down the boat ramp and called for assistance, according to the release. The fire department stated that its units appeared on the scene at 9:41 p.m., and police officers already had arrived and were in the water.
Police Officer Charles Crumlett swam out to the vehicle as it sank slowly and found the driver in the vehicle, the sole occupant, according to news releases from the fire and police departments. He was able to break out the back window using a baton and pulled the driver out of the car, according to police.
With the assistance of fire and police personnel, Crumlett was able to get Geskie to shore. The driver had become confused and did not intentionally drive into the river, according to police.
Geskie was assessed by paramedics and then transported to Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva, and later released. She is scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m. June 7, according to the police report.
Fire department divers verified that there were no other occupants in the vehicle, and it was removed from the water, according to the release.
Police stated that Crumlett is an 11-year veteran of the St. Charles Police Department, and that fire department officials estimate the car was more than 70 feet from shore.