Driver on Drugs Crashes into Arlington Heights Police Station
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS- The dailyherald.com writes that a man from Arlington Heights, who recently moved from Brookhaven, Georgia, crashed his car into the village’s police station.*
The driver, identified as a 44-year-old man, was on drugs at the time of the incident and was reportedly traveling at speeds up to 104 miles per hour before he lost control of the vehicle.
The man is now facing charges for “recklessdriving, driving under the influence of drugs and miscellaneous traffic citations.”
Police have not yet released the man’s name.The driver was initially in critical condition when he was transported to the Northwest Community Hospital, but his condition improved and is now described as fair.
The driver was operating a 2015 Volkswagen GTI when he hit “a curb, benches, a fire hydrant, anda mini-retaining wall” before colliding with the police station. The vehicle ended up on its side so badly damaged that the driver had to be cut from the vehicle by emergency responders.
The vehicle’s black box was obtained, and the data provided indicated that thevehicle had reached 104 miles per hour before the incident. Surveillance videos, accident reconstruction, and witness statements were also collected as part of the investigation.
Police say the crash was due to recklessness, and not an intentional act. The driver admitted that he had taken prescription drugs as well as cocaine prior to the crash. None of his injuries are life-threatening, and hewill bebookedonce he is released from the hospital.
The building was inspected for structural damage, andnone was found. Repairs are already underway to the station.
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