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Local woman charged after driving through, waking up in field

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Damage from driving through the cornfield. (File photo) Damage from driving through the cornfield. (File photo)
Drone image where the truck continued to drive. Drone image where the truck continued to drive.
Aerial view of the path made by a vehicle. Aerial view of the path made by a vehicle.
SUV being towed away from the scene. SUV being towed away from the scene.
ADAMS COUNTY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Court records show a Quincy woman was charged this week with a misdemeanor over a month after police found her stranded in an Adams County cornfield.

Online court records show a summons charging Ashley Schmidt with reckless driving was issued. It states she's scheduled to appear in court next month.

The Adams County Sheriff's Office reported deputies were called to the area of Edwards and Albsmeyer roads in Melrose Township on the morning of July 29. Authorities said Schmidt was found in an SUV after about two hours of searching.

Adams County State's Attorney Gary Farha was asked for comment on the case Friday but declined.

The report states deputies were called to the area at 7:56 a.m. after a report that a person drove into a cornfield and couldn't find her way out. It states authorities were able to locate the driver, later identified as Schmidt, with GPS through Adams County 911 and the vehicle's OnStar service.

It states the vehicle was found east of a residence in Payson, Illinois.

The report states authorities talked to the property owner. He told them he was laying in bed with his wife at approximately 11 p.m. the previous night when he saw a vehicle travel down his dirt road but never left.

The property owner said he checked the area but never found the vehicle.

Authorities said they found the vehicle entered the man's property before entering another property. The report stated Schmidt drove eastbound onto the second property and then went northwest onto a third property.

According to the report, Schmidt traveled 3/4 of a mile through the three properties. It states she left a path approximately 8 feet wide.

During the investigation, the report states Schmidt told police she was at a party with her husband the night before on Ghost Hollow Road. She said she took unidentified prescription medication the night before and had four to five beers.

The report states Schmidt told police the last thing she remembered the night before was getting ready for bed with her husband. She said the next thing she remembered was waking up around 5 a.m. in her vehicle in the cornfield.

Schmidt told police she couldn't find her way out of the field so she had OnStar call 911. 

"Schmidt also advised that she had alcohol in her vehicle, however she had not drank anything to her knowledge in the car," the report stated. "She just reported that she had blacked out and didn't even remember driving nor where she was at."

The report stated Schmidt was taken back to the sheriff's office where she agreed to a recorded interview.

The report also stated Schmidt's husband told authorities he didn't know his wife left. He said he found out she was missing when Adams County 911 called him to check on the status of his vehicle.

According to the report, one of the property owners said he had over $500 in damage to his corn and an estimated $1,070 worth of damage to his fence. Another owner also reported over $500 in damage to corn and $400 for his fence.

The third owner reported about $175 in damage.

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