SEYMOUR — A Monticello teenager found typing on her laptop computer in her car after a crash early Friday was arrested for driving under the influence.
"She said she had to get a paper turned in," Champaign County sheriff's Sgt. Dan Coile said of Julie C. Walsh, 19, of Monticello.
Coile said Deputy Chad Beasley saw Walsh's Ford Focus on the side of Illinois 10 near County Road 250 E in western Champaign County about 2:15 a.m.
Thinking the driver was having car problems, Beasley approached and found Walsh typing. He saw that her car was damaged.
After conducting field sobriety tests, noting that she smelled of alcohol, and based on her report that she'd had a couple of drinks, Beasley arrested Walsh for driving under the influence.
Coile, who was helping Beasley on the stop, noted that the damage to her car, including a hole ripped in the car hood, appeared to be fresh. Walsh said she had no idea how it had happened.
Coile was able to determine that she had apparently left Illinois 10 on the north side of the road near 250 E, went through a ditch and knocked over a stop sign at 1600 N. She then went through another ditch and hit another stop sign, taking it out, before parking on the shoulder where Beasley found her.
Walsh was released from the county jail Friday morning after posting bond. She was told to appear in court March 8.