Abels & Annes

Suburban Chicago car crash allegedly caused by DUI driver at 5 times the legal limit

An Illinois auto accident has been caused by a Chicago man that allegedly drove his vehicle with a blood alcohol level of .425, approximately 5 times the legal limit of .08, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The driver was traveling north on McCormack Boulevard near Oakton Avenue in Skokie on January 14. He allegedly crossed the double yellow center line and crashed head on into a southbound Toyota.

The driver of the Toyota reported that he saw the other vehicle, an Audi, coming at him and not slowing down. He said that all he could do was brake and wait for an impact because there was no way to avoid the collision.

The Audi driver was arrested at the scene and charged with driving under the influence and other traffic violations. He was transported to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston for treatment where allegedly he was combative and had to be restrained. The driver of the Toyota was also injured.

The at fault driver is due in traffic court on February 24, 2011 at the Skokie Courthouse. The arresting Skokie officer reportedly stated at the scene that “if you drink and drive you’re going to be caught.”

It has not been reported if a Chicago injury lawyer is involved in the case or if a civil claim is being pursued.