Sheriff helps save woman after DUI crash outside his house

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DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — A woman driving under the influence crashed her vehicle right in front of the Douglas County Sheriff’s house. 

Her life was saved because he was in the right place at the right time. Tuesday afternoon took a terrifying turn on Sheriff Joshua Blackwell’s property. He and his dad were standing outside when they heard at the car crash. 

Bill Blackwell says, “They swerved in and out of the ditches. We were working on a piece of machinery and looked up and Josh said ‘Oh no I don’t know what this is.'” 

A woman was driving and a man was in the passenger seat. She overdosed and crashed into a tree on his property. Both Sheriff Blackwell and his father immediately rushed over to help. 

Bill Blackwell says, “I checked her pulse everywhere I could think of. There was nothing and no breathing. She was beginning to turn blue.” He started CPR and brought her back to life. 

Sheriff Blackwell says, “It was a stroke of good luck that they happened to crash there. Had it been anywhere else we’d probably be notifying family members of a deceased loved one or possibly two.” 

With the help of Arcola Police and Fire departments, they were able to keep her alive until she could be airlifted to the hospital.     

Inside the car police found meth and heroine. The woman was driving with a revoked license. Sheriff Blackwell can’t help but think about how differently this could’ve turned out. He says, “It puts everyone’s life at risk. Had I been out mowing the roadside or something they easily could’ve struck me or if my kids were out playing, they could’ve been hit.”

Police are still investigating. The reports will be sent to the state’s attorney for potential felony and misdemeanor charges. That could include aggravated DUI, driving with a revoked license, and possession of drugs. 

Sheriff Blackwell says the driver and the passenger were being released from the hospital today. They are expected to be ok.

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