Kristine Alajoki of Algonquin allegedly drove her car over a berm at the intersection of West Algonquin Road and Frank Road. The vehicle went airborne into a retention pond in the early hours of Sunday morning. When emergency crews arrived, the 44 year-old woman was on the shore of the pond while the 2003 Jeep Liberty SUV was submerged 20 feet underwater.
Alajoki was alone in the vehicle at the time of the accident. It is not clear how she escaped the vehicle, but officers believe she got out through the back hatch. When police finally pulled the SUV from the water after 4 hours, only the hatch was open. Alajoki’s charges include DUI, driving without insurance and improper lane usage.
Woman drives SUV into Algonquin pond, www.dailyherald.com, June 28, 2011