So the trouble is that the database uses cp1252 West European. Now if you pass a string without defined text encoding (or wrong text encoding) to drawstring, it can crash. Simply trying to interpret those bytes in the string as UTF-8 will make trouble and lead to a crash. Keep that in mind if you see a crash in DrawString!
The fix is: Use DefineEncoding everywhere you get a string from database without encoding set or switch to MBS SQL Plugin.
see also Feedback case 22836 and Feedback case 22727.