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Crime & Courts

NIU professor facing trial on third DUI charge

Jacobsen continues to work for university

DeKALB – A tenured Northern Illinois University history professor is set to go before a jury on charges of driving under the influence.

The DUI trial of Trude A. Jacobsen, 44, of the 2000 block of Frantum Road in Sycamore, will begin at 10 a.m. Monday.

She is represented by lawyer Ken Johnson.

Jacobsen was convicted in January 2015 on a DUI charge, and received
18 months of court supervision, 100 hours of public service and was ordered to attend alcohol treatment classes.

She was also convicted of DUI in October 2017, spent two days in jail, and was sentenced to 18 months of nonreporting conditional discharge, 240 hours of public service and alcohol treatment.

Assistant DeKalb County State’s Attorney Stephen Harrell will prosecute. Harrell said Thursday that, most likely, the jury will be selected Monday morning, testimony will be made in the afternoon, and a verdict will come down midday Tuesday or, at the latest, that afternoon.

According to court records, Jacobsen was driving erratically about 7:30 p.m. April 2, 2017, when she was headed south on Peace Road near DeKalb Avenue.

DeKalb County Sheriff’s Lt. Jim Burgh said she failed multiple field sobriety tests, and then refused chemical tests once in custody.

NIU spokesman Joe King said he was unaware of Jacbosen’s previous convictions, and that the university won’t comment on legal cases.

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