TwitterACicon86x90vert facebookACicon86x90vert
TV/Radio XFINITY | WOW! | WBBM | WXRT | B96 + Dance | US99 | the Drive 97.1

YoutubeTwitterFacebookArlingtoncardinalYahoo! Google Bing Aol.ArlingtoncardinalTMZ Rotten Tomatoes ET Online Box Office MojoArlingtoncardinal Channel 9 WGN Channel 7 Chicago ABC Channel 5 Chicago NBC Channel 2 Chicago CBS Daily HeraldChicago Tribune Breaking NewsArlingtoncardinal Chicago Gas THE GUIDE

Mount Prospect Woman Sentenced to 13 Years After DUI Crash with State Trooper

Fri December 02 2016 4:24 am
Share The Cardinal -- Articles (E-Mail, Facebook, Twitter & More) 

CHICAGO BEARS RADIO -- WBBM Newsradio 780 "Traffic on the 8's"

The Illinois State Police (ISP), announced the sentencing of Leslie Thurow, a 61-year-old woman from Mount Prospect, Illinois, in a drunken driving crash that critically injured ISP Trooper Michael Cokins. Thurow was sentenced to 13 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for causing the crash that sent Cokins and four others to the hospital.

On September 6, 2014, at 2:45 p.m., Trooper Cokins was conducting a traffic stop on I-294 northbound at North Avenue. Trooper Cokins was on the right shoulder of the roadway when he was struck by a vehicle driven by Thurow. The impact of the collision hurled Trooper Cokins over the hood of the vehicle he had pulled over. Thurow continued to travel northbound on I-294, where she struck an SUV carrying a family of four. The SUV rolled over as a result of the crash, and Thurow’s vehicle crashed into the concrete median. Trooper Cokins suffered 15 broken bones, underwent 8 surgeries, and 17 months of therapy.

Thurow, who was found to be intoxicated at the time of the crash, was charged with several counts of aggravated driving under the influence, leaving the scene of a personal injury crash, and aggravated reckless driving. Thurow’s blood alcohol concentration was over twice the legal limit, and her driver’s license was revoked for previous driving under the influence convictions. Thurow has spent the last two years in the custody of the Cook County Sheriff’s Police while she awaited trial dates and sentencing. On December 1, Thurow was formally sentenced to 13 years for the crimes of aggravated driving under the influence, leaving the scene of a personal injury crash, and aggravated reckless driving.

On May 1, 2016, Trooper Cokins was medically cleared to return to full duty and returned to his original assignment with the ISP, patrolling the north Tri-State.

“Drinking and driving is a dangerous choice that can lead to deadly consequences. Driving under the influence is never a good option and can be very costly both financially and criminally. Always designate a driver before consuming alcohol,”

— Leo P. Schmitz, ISP Director

In addition, the ISP would like to remind motorists about the Move Over Law, often referred to as “Scott’s Law,” which requires motorists to yield to stationary emergency vehicles. It is the law in Illinois that when approaching a stationary authorized emergency vehicle, other drivers shall yield the right-of-way by making a lane change and reducing speed and proceeding with due caution if changing lanes would be impossible or unsafe. Violators of Illinois’ Move Over Law can be fined $10,000 and have their driver’s license suspended for up to two years.

Get updates from The Cardinal CRIME BLOG ‘Plus’ on Facebook. Just ‘LIKE’ the ‘Arlington Cardinal Crime & Forensics’ Page (become a fan of our page). The updates cover all posts in the 24/7 Crime Alerts! and sub-categories. See all of The Cardinal Facebook fan pages at …

Help fund The Cardinal

CLEAR SKIES?  Weather Data for Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Tags: , ,    

IMPORTANT NOTE: All persons referred to as subjects, defendants, offenders or suspects, etc. are presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Try a more powerful search in the box below ... SEARCH BOX PRODUCES RESULTS FOR The Cardinal -- ...
(POWERFUL SEARCH for The Cardinal, which can be expanded on the results page.)

Where background Wikipedia info/photos are used, original work is modified and released under CC-BY-SA.

::: Health, wellness and fitness gifts! ::: Cubs, Sox caps at :::

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS BREAKING NEWS --The Cardinal -- is a breaking news blog with Arlington Heights & Chicagoland emphasis. Early breaking reports may prove to be inaccurate after follow-up investigation, which may or may not be updated in The Cardinal -- For in-depth coverage, please also check the following links for network television, cable news networks and Chicago local media coverage ...

Daily Herald | Daily Herald -- Arlington Heights |
Today's headline videos: FOXNews Video | | Associated Press | The Cardinal
Video LOGO youtube Twitter Arlingtoncards facebook battery status Cardinal Calendar Search Batteries Plus RSS Help ...
All Headlines
crimeblog | fireblog

Comments for
COMMENTS are now available via one or more of our official Facebook pages. Comments no longer appear on the article per se. Please comment on or check the other popular Arlington Cardinal Facebook pages at ...

Anyone having information about serious crime in Arlington Heights should register on and look for the anonymous TIP411 feature, or call Arlington Heights Crime Stoppers at 847-590-STOP (847-590-7867). Callers are guaranteed anonymity and may qualify for a cash reward of up to $1,000. Not a resident of Arlington Heights? Check for availability for your community. | Traffic on Twitter


Weather radar map is provided by

RSS Cardinal Weather Center

  • Current Conditions : 28.4F, Overcast - 2:10 PM CST Jan. 18
    Temperature: 28.4°F | Humidity: 72% | Pressure: 30.21in ( Falling) | Conditions: Overcast | Wind Direction: North | Wind Speed: 3mph
  • Winter Storm Warning - Expires: 12:00 PM CST
    Winter Storm Warning for Cook County in effect until 12:00 PM CST on January 19, 2019
  • Today as of Jan. 18 3:25 AM CST
    Today - Cloudy. A 60 percent chance of snow in the afternoon. Highs around 30. North winds 10 to 15 mph.
  • Saturday as of Jan. 18 3:25 AM CST
    Saturday - Snow in the morning, then a chance of light snow in the afternoon. Patchy blowing and drifting snow. Snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches. Blustery. Highs in the mid 20s. Northeast winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. Chance of precipitation 100 percent.
  • Tonight as of Jan. 18 3:25 AM CST
    Tonight - Snow. Patchy blowing and drifting snow after midnight. Snow may be heavy at times after midnight. Snow accumulation of 4 to 7 inches. Blustery. Temperatures nearly steady in the upper 20s. Northeast winds 15 to 25 mph. Inland, gusts up to 30 mph after midnight. Near the lake, gusts up to 35 mph. […]