Authorities Identify Trucker in Highway Standoff and Charge Her With Felony
Skokie, IL – The Illinois State Police (ISP) has released the identity of the trucker involved in a nearly four-hour standoff on Interstate 94 in Skokie on Wednesday.
As Transportation Nation Network (TNN) reported, a 54-year-old Michigan truck driver was taken into custody after a welfare check turned into a standoff with police that resulted in I-94 being shut down for hours in both directions.
On Thursday, authorities from ISP confirmed to TNN the identity of the trucker as Meghan E. Fenner.
ISP received a call at approximately 9:00 a.m. from Byron Center, MI-based Van Eerden Trucking, requesting a welfare check on one of its drivers.
Troopers located the white semi-truck on the right shoulder of I-94 northbound at Old Orchard Road at 9:08 a.m. and approached the truck.
Authorities identified Fenner as the sole occupant of the truck and observed a handgun in her lap.
Fenner refused to exit the vehicle, ISP said, and remained barricaded inside her truck.
Additional ISP officers, including ISP SWAT personnel, crisis negotiators, and investigators were called to the scene to assist.
The Skokie Police Department, Skokie Fire Department, Wilmette Police Department, Northfield Police Department, Morton Grove Police Department, and the Illinois Department of Transportation were also on-scene to assist with the incident.
The standoff ended at 12:20 p.m. when Fenner peacefully exited the truck.
She was taken into custody and transported to a local Skokie hospital.
No one was injured during the incident.
However, a single gunshot was heard by witnesses during the standoff.
While police did not state Fenner fired the weapon, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office approved one felony count of Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapon and Disorderly Conduct.
Police have not released any further details regarding the events that led up to the standoff.
As of publishing, Fenner remains hospitalized and will attend a bond hearing upon hospital release, ISP told TNN.
A booking photo has not been made available due to Fenner’s hospitalization.
TNN will continue to update the story as more information becomes available.