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HARDIN COUNTY: Driver cited for DUI following flooded-vehicle incident

Posted by on Sunday, February 25th, 2018 @ 12:06 pm.

HARDIN CO., Ill. - Hardin County authorities have released information about a water rescue near Whoopiecat Lake, which resulted in the arrest of the driver.

A press release from the office of Sheriff JT Fricker shows that last night (Saturday, February 24, 2018) just before 10:30 p.m., Hardin County Dispatch received a call for assistance from a local resident. The young lady indicated that she was on a rural road near the Whoopiecat Lake Recreation area. She informed dispatch that her truck had stalled and the cab was filling up with water. She asked for immediate help because she had an infant in the vehicle with her. Sheriff Fricker was in the immediate area and had already located the disabled vehicle.

Sheriff Fricker instructed his deputy to bring one of the department’s HMMWVs because he could only get within about twenty feet of the stranded truck. The on-duty deputy drove the HMMWV to the scene, met with Sheriff Fricker and they effected a rescue by getting out onto the hood of the HMMWV and bringing the female and her child to safety. Neither the female nor her child were injured.

The Hardin County Sheriff’s Department currently has three HMMWVs which were given to them by the Defense Logistics Agency and are part of the LESO (Law Enforcement Support Office) program. This is a division of the federal government which provides surplus military equipment to local law enforcement agencies. The Hardin County HMMWVs are not armored, they are multi-purpose utility vehicles which are used on a regular basis.

In the past, the department has utilized the HMMWVs for sand-bagging during flooding and for rescue work. They have been utilized to bring patients out to meet with an ambulance which would not be able to traverse some of the county's rural roads.

The driver, Radie R. Engelkens-Smith, 41 of rural Rosiclare, was arrested for DUI, Driving While License Suspended and Endangering the Life or Health of a Child. She is being held at the Hardin County Jail pending bond.

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