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Drunk Woman Smashes Car into Ex's Garage: Cops

The alleged incident happened Thanksgiving night.

Melanie Pasakarnis. Credit: Will County Sheriff's Office
Melanie Pasakarnis. Credit: Will County Sheriff's Office
A woman's blood alcohol level was more than twice over the legal limit when she intentionally drove her car into her ex-boyfriend's garage on Thanksgiving night, Plainfield police said.


Melanie M. Pasakarnis, 32, of the 23000 block of Grinton Drive, Plainfield, was booked into the Will County jail late Thursday on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, knowingly damaging property and reckless conduct.

Sgt. Mike Fisher said police responded to a home on John Adams Drive at around 11:20 p.m. Thanksgiving after a homeowner alleged that his ex-girlfriend had smashed her Ford Mustang into his garage — and also into the vehicle parked inside.

Fisher said the man told police he heard a loud banging on his front door. When he went to check, no one was at the door, but he said he spotted a black and silver Mustang — which he recognized as his ex-girlfriend's car — driving away.

Moments later, the man heard a loud bang at the back of his house. Fisher said witnesses reported seeing the Mustang repeatedly drive into the man's garage.

"Witnesses saw her drive into it, back up, and drive into it again" before speeding away, Fisher said. 

Police found Pasakarnis driving in circles around a nearby park and took her into custody, according to Fisher, who said she "horribly failed" field sobriety tests. 

Pasakarnis' alleged drunken exploit damaged the garage door, as well as the victim's car, which was pushed into the drywall between the garage and the residence, Fisher said. Damage to the garage door was estimated at around $500, while the car inside took about $1,500 in damage and another $300 in repairs are needed on the drywall, he said, calling the estimates "very conservative."

According to Will County jail records, Pasakarnis was released Nov. 29 after posting $3,500 bail.
    Clutche December 02, 2013 at 04:11 PM
    Hell has no fury like a woman scorned
    Verbal Sniper December 02, 2013 at 06:03 PM
    Ain't love grand!
    Joel Craig December 02, 2013 at 10:33 PM
    Holidays do bring out the best in people.
    Dawn Rogers December 03, 2013 at 06:40 AM
    Broads. Don't give us booze and a car...
    TB Plfd December 03, 2013 at 10:18 AM
    if I was him I would get an Order of Protection against her she sounds crazy!
    Ken Blahetka December 03, 2013 at 11:00 AM
    Stay golden pony boy!
    Kathy rios December 03, 2013 at 09:18 PM
    Do it for Johnny man. Do it for Johnny!!!!
    Herc December 06, 2013 at 03:34 PM
    I have to ask...What did he do to make her so mad?
    Verbal Sniper December 07, 2013 at 09:51 AM
    Since were quoting "The Outsiders" here's one: "Mustangs,they're tough."
    joe December 08, 2013 at 09:06 AM
    Congratulations, your fees will help your attorneys kid go to college. And wait till you get your first bill from the High Risk Insurance Company , because that's the only kind that will now insure you so you can drive again, that is when the DOT decides to give you your license back.
    You can call me Patches December 11, 2013 at 11:14 PM
    To top it all off, she called her husband to bail her outta jail. I think he let her sit & stew. There is a whole lot more to the story and its pretty freaking sad.

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