Elgin Police Department (EPD) officers arrested Loretta Lindauer, 53, of Ivo Circle, Elgin for felony DUI and other charges following a three-vehicle collision that resulted in injuries just after 4 p.m. Dec. 23.
According to an EPD report, officers responded to the collision at the intersection of Main Street and Green Hill Road and found a white van with heavy front damage from impacting a blue truck. They also found an SUV that had been pushed off the road by the impact. Officers reported that first responders and citizens were on the scene, attending to the vehicles’ drivers. One of the people they came into contact with was Lindauer, identified as the driver of the van.
A witness told officers that Lindauer failed to stop at the Green Hill Road stop sign, struck the blue truck that had been heading north on Main Street, pushing it into the southbound lane and into the path of the SUV.
Officers arriving at the scene found one of the blue truck’s occupants lying on the bench seat of the truck, his head supported by a first responder until emergency medical services (EMS) could place a collar on his neck. Officers reported the man was bleeding and appeared to be in pain. They reported the driver of the SUV was trapped inside and noticed she had bruises and fresh blood present and who also appeared in pain. Kershaw County Fire Services had to cut the doors of her SUV in order to safely remove her. The woman’s 9- and 13-year-old children were in the SUV. EMS transported all of the SUV’s occupants and the driver of the blue truck to KershawHealth for treatment.
Officers reported Lindauer stayed seated in her vehicle and appeared to have blood shot eyes, a ruddy complexion and was slow to respond to directions. An officer reported they could detect the distinct odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath, and that she gave the appearance of being grossly intoxicated. The officer a plastic cup with an alcoholic beverage in it near a large prescription bottle of Gabopentin, which is used to treat seizures and shingles. The officer noted the bottle’s label gives impairment warnings for combining alcohol with the pills.
Lindauer reportedly told the officer she had consumed six beers and taken four pills of the 600 mg Gabopentin. As part of taking inventory of the van, officers located the plastic cup, two opened cans of beer, and a cooler container two more cans of beer. She claimed the van’s brakes did not work, so she couldn’t stop the vehicle. However, the reporting officer noted she could was unsteady while upright and was unable to stand for long periods of time. After initially refusing treatment from EMS, she agreed to have them take her to KershawHealth as well for treatment.
As the van was being towed from the scene, the tow truck owner told officers he found the van’s accelerator was stuck in place.
At the hospital, and after having her Miranda rights explained for a second time (the first being at the scene) Lindauer reportedly agreed to have samples taken from her and to sign a form stating “I was in the wrong.” Once hospital personnel cleared her for transport, officers placed Lindauer in handcuffs and took her to the Kershaw County Detention Center.
The EPD also reported the following recent incidents:
Officers arresting a 27-year-old Pontiac man on an active arrest warrant for shoplifting while he was outside the Family Dollar on Main Street on the evening of Dec. 27 found him in possession of meth, possession of a Schedule IV narcotic, and possession of drug paraphernalia. During a search after arresting the man, officers found him in possession of a glass pipe used for smoking narcotics and a plastic bag with nine other plastic bags inside of it, each containing what appeared to be methamphetamine. Inside the car, they also found a small plastic bag with 20 pills of Diazepam. The man’s 59-year-old father -- who had been driving the car -- was asked if he had any weapons on his person. The older man then pulled out a loaded, chrome .38 caliber two-shot Derringer pistol and laid it on the trunk of his car. Officers ended up arresting him for unlawful carrying of a weapon after learning he did not hold a concealed weapons permit.
Elgin police officers arrested 33-year-old Christopher Adam Wilson, 33, of Gerner Street, Camden, for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine following a traffic stop at the intersection of Min and Rose streets around 12:30 p.m. Dec. 20. According to an EPD report, an officer spotted the Ford F-150 in which Wilson was a passenger traveling on Main Street with an expired tag. During the resulting traffic stop, an officer searched Wilson and found him in possession of what turned out to be a total of approximately 2.5 grams worth of meth. According to a supplemental report, Wilson claimed he knew nothing about the meth found in the right front pouch pocket of his jacket. Officers also seized $731 in cash from Wilson.
Officers arrested a 21-year-old Flagstaff, Ariz., man (whose legal address is in Portland, Ore.) for unlawful carrying of a pistol following a field interview on Main Street at Surrey Lane around midnight Dec. 31. The reporting officer indicated in their report that it was a 9mm Glock with two serial numbers -- one on the slide and the other on the barrel. The man also had a magazine with six rounds of ammunition. He said the pistol was bought in pieces and put together, and that it technically belonged to his father through his mother.
A couple in their 30s staying with a 61-year-old man on Church Street claimed the older roommate cut open their bags and stole nearly 35 patches of Suboxone, which is used to treat pain and addiction to narcotic pain relievers. Officers responding to the residence found the man on the floor and in some state of distress, but could not find him in possession of the patches. By the time EMS arrived on the scene, the man was coherent enough to indicate where he was and that he did not want to go to the hospital for treatment.
Elgin officers also dealt with recent incidents involving assault, hit and run (no injury), house fire, larceny, marijuana possession, minor in possession of alcohol, no proof of insurance, open container, possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding, and trespassing.