DOCUMENT: Drunk, Crime

Woman Drove With Tree As Hood Ornament

Motorist faces DUI charge after crash

MARCH 8--Meet Maryann Christy.

The Illinois woman, 54, is facing a drunk driving charge after allegedly plowing her car into a tree and then continuing to drive with the 15-foot accessory embedded in the vehicle's grille.

Christy was nabbed in late-January after a Roselle Police Department officer spotted her driving with the tree as a hood ornament. Investigators estimated that Christy drove several miles before getting pulled over.

Christy, who was navigating with the 2004 Lincoln’s air bags deployed, told the cop that she recalled hitting a tree, but could not remember where the 11 PM collision occurred. Christy, who was arrested a few miles from her home in Schaumburg, works as a marketing consultant, according to her LinkedIn profile.

After Christy failed a series of field sobriety tests, she was arrested for drunk driving. She is next due in court in April on the misdemeanor charge.

As seen below, police responding to the arrest scene made sure to photograph Christy’s vehicle.

In addition to the DUI rap, Christy has also been cited for driving with an “obstructed window,” according to court records.