Jury Convicts Woman Accused of Driving while High and Drunk


A jury in Cook County in Illinois returned a guilty verdict in the trial of the wife of a Chicago police officer late last month. The trial was related to a 2013 drunken driving crash that killed two other women.

Now 47-year-old Lisa Elner was high on cocaine and drunk as she crashed through a concrete wall on Harlem Avenue in Lyons. After, the van she was driving dropped 50 feet to the street below.

Also inside the car were Elner’s friends, 37-year-old Michelle Miranda and 36-year-old Sandra Frankum.

Elner had been drinking at a bar and said that she was fine to drive. She also said that she had her ‘cop card’ – her husband’s business card.

Elner was then found with severe frostbite on her hands by Illinois State Police officers several hours after the Jan. 26, 2013 crash. Elner told police she was walking home from the Berwyn bar because she had been too drunk to drive. She told police nothing of the accident.

Police discovered the van hours after they had picked Elner up and began putting the pieces of the puzzle together.

Three weeks after the van was found, Elner was charged with DUI involving death, failure to report an accident involving death, cocaine possession, and other offenses.

It took a jury more than six hours to find Elner guilty on September 30th. The judge immediately revoked her bail. She will be sentenced on October 28th.

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