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Drunk driving charges filed against man who crashed car into tree near Cary in February

Emergency crews responded to a single-vehicle crash involving a tree near Fox River Road and West Short Street in unincorporated Cary around 10:54 p.m. February 28.

A McHenry man who was flown by a medical helicopter to the hospital after he crashed his car into a tree near Cary in February has been charged with DUI, police said.

Gregory P. Miller, 57, of the 3700 block of West Lee Street in McHenry, was charged on Thursday with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a blood alcohol concentration .08 or greater and failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Cary Fire Protection District responded at 10:54 p.m. February 28 to the intersection of West Fox River Road and West Short Street.

Emergency crews found a 2013 Toyota Highlander, driven by Miller, which had struck a tree and suffered significant damage. Miller was heavily entrapped in his vehicle, Lake County Sheriff Sgt. Christopher Covelli said.

It took firefighters over an hour for the man, who was the only occupant in the car, to be extricated from the vehicle. He was flown to Adovcate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville by a Flight For Life helicopter.

Miller was hospitalized in fair condition with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries, fire and police officials said at the time.

Police said that the Toyota was driving eastbound on Fox River Road when it left the roadway and struck a tree.

“Following a thorough investigation by Lake County Sheriff’s Traffic Crash Investigators, it was determined the driver was driving under the influence of alcohol.  This was determined to be a contributing factor of the crash,” Covelli said on Friday.

Miller was issued a Notice to Appear for the charges and will be assigned an upcoming court date soon.


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