February 7, 2017
DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced Tuesday that Natasha Mister, 31, of 1016 South 14th Ave., Maywood, has been sentenced to one year in the Illinois Department of Corrections for crashing her car into a stationary Illinois State Police vehicle causing injury to an Illinois State Trooper inside the vehicle.
On Dec. 29, 2016, Mister entered a plea of guilty to one count of aggravated DUI—great bodily harm, a Class 4 Felony. Tuesday’s sentence was handed down by Judge Brian Telander.
In the early morning hours of Aug. 28, 2016, Illinois State Trooper Klecka was seated in his fully marked squad car on the right shoulder of I-355 southbound, just north of Army Trail Road.
Klecka was waiting for a tow truck to arrive as the result of a previous traffic stop. All rear emergency lights and the arrow stick on Klecka’s vehicle were activated.
At approximately 12:45 a.m., Mister, who was traveling southbound on I-355, crashed her vehicle into Klecka’s parked squad car, injuring Klecka. An investigation into the crash revealed that Mister had a blood alcohol content of 0.26. Mister appeared in Bond Court that morning where bond was set in the amount of $200,000 with 10 percent to apply. She has remained in custody at the DuPage County Jail since that time.
“First and foremost, I would like to say how grateful we are that Trooper Klecka’s injuries were not life threatening and that he is back on the job today,” Berlin said.
“This was a senseless, 100 percent avoidable crash that thankfully did not involve the loss of life. With taxis and ride sharing services such as Uber and Lyft, there is absolutely no reason for anyone to be behind the wheel of a car after they have been drinking.
“Additionally, I would like to remind the motoring public that if you are traveling our roads and see flashing emergency lights ahead, slow down and move to the opposite side of the road if possible. Police officers, emergency responders and road crews have a hard enough job to do and do not need to feel like they are sitting ducks as cars speed past them.”
Mister will be required to serve 85 percent of her sentence before being eligible for parole. In addition to the prison sentence, Mister will be required to pay $2,208 in court costs.