FAI sergeant escapes injury after driver crashes into team car on Interstate 90 – NBC Chicago
An Illinois State Police master sergeant escaped an injury early Saturday morning after a vehicle crashed into his patrol vehicle while he was stopped on the side of the freeway Jane Addams Memorial tollgate.
Authorities said the master sergeant stopped on the left shoulder of the road in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 90 in the suburb of Rolling Meadows at around 1:41 a.m. There, the sergeant observed a stolen vehicle. discontinued, according to a press release. .
The master sergeant turned on his lights and the vehicle was fully marked, authorities said.
At this point, a vehicle traveling east on the roadway veered onto the left shoulder, striking the rear of the police car, which then struck the stolen vehicle in front of it.
The officer was not injured in the incident. The driver and passenger of the vehicle were taken to an area hospital, where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries.
The driver, a 26-year-old Elgin man, has been charged with breaking Scott’s Law, a bill that requires drivers to slow down and move when approaching a vehicle. emergency with lights on.
The driver was also charged with aggravated impaired driving, reckless driving, failure to reduce speed and driving without a valid driver’s license.
Illinois State Police say at least 20 patrol cars have been affected so far this year, and 12 soldiers have been injured in the crashes.
“These accidents are completely preventable, and I ask the public to avoid putting the lives of others at risk by making responsible choices while driving; always move when approaching a stationary vehicle on the side of the road, ”Captain Jason Bradley, District 15 commander, said in a statement.