Illinois State Senator Suzanne "Suzi" Schmidt (R-Lake Villa) is in trouble with the law again, but for the first time an altercation between the representative and police ended with her arrest.
Schmidt was arrested Tuesday and charged with criminal trespass and criminal damage to property, both misdemeanors, according to ABC Chicago.
The 60-year-old Republican was taken into police custody at about 5:15 p.m. at a Menards in Gurnee after an altercation with a neighbor escalated, according to WGN. Schmidt was released around 7 p.m. when she posted 10 percent of her $5,000 bail.
Lake County Sheriff's deputies also served an "emergency stalking no contact order" against Schmidt that will distance her from the neighbor in question, WLS reports.
The warrant for her arrest bases the charges on damage Schmidt allegedly caused to "her neighbor's animal feed bag," and Schmidt has not commented further, according to the Chicago Tribune. When the newspaper contacted her husband, Robert Schmidt, he declined to comment and explained he'd moved out of their Lake Villa home and was in the midst of divorce proceedings.
Schmidt said in November that she would not seek reelection after a series of bizarre altercations with her husband prompted police to intervene. In the most damning incident, Schmidt identified herself as an elected official to police and then urged them to ignore 911 calls from her husband, who had reported a series of incidents of domestic violence.
When recordings of that call and others were released, Pat Brady, Illinois GOP chairman, said "the phone call and the content of the phone call are completely inappropriate."