Metro-East News

Woman swerves to miss coyote and drives into water, partially submerging her SUV

First responders assisted a Millstadt area woman was assisted from her vehicle after driving it into the water to avoid a coyote, the St. Clair Sheriff’s Department said.

Karent J. Seib, 54, called a towing company at about 2 a.m. Friday to ask for help getting her Ford Explorer out of a small body of water.

A Millstadt police officer found her, still in the vehicle, on Illinois 163 near Illinois 157.

Seib told the officer she ran off her driveway to avoid a coyote, and ran into the lake. The Explorer was in water up to the hood and was removed from the water. Seib was not injured, police say.

Reporter Mary Cooley follows the crimes and court goings-on in the metro-east; she has a special affinity for the oddities that make life in Southern Illinois interesting. Mary has a journalism degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia and previously worked as a copy editor at newspapers in the Southeast.