A young woman has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs after she flipped her car into a Beach Park home in December, causing extensive damage, police said.
Yajaira Gallaga, 20, of the 38200 block of North Sheridan Road in Beach Park, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more, driving under the influence of drugs, driving under the combined influence of alcohol and drugs, and having a drug, substance, or compound in the blood or urine.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office said the crash occurred around 2:10 a.m. December, 29, 2018 in the 10000 block of West Yorkhouse Road in Beach Park. Sheriff’s deputies found major damage to a home after a 2007 Chrysler Sebring struck the house.
Lake County Sheriff Sgt. Christopher Covelli said that Gallaga, who was 19 years old at the time, was driving the Chrysler eastbound on Yorkhouse Road when it drove off the roadway and into an unoccupied home.
The house was deemed uninhabitable due to the damage and the woman suffered non-life-threatening injuries. She was the only person in the car and was able to walk away from the crash to get help from a nearby home.
Gallaga was transported by ambulance to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Covelli said.
“Alcohol and operating a vehicle don’t mix. If you’ve been drinking, don’t risk getting behind the wheel. Find an alternative method to get to where you’re going – it’s simply not worth risking your life and the life of others,” Lake County Sheriff John Idleburg said at the time.
The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office met with crash investigators and an arrest warrant was obtained on September 20, nine months after the crash occurred.
“In serious crashes a full scene reconstruction is completed (which takes months) and it takes months to receive all of the medical results. Not to mention, our crash investigations team investigates approximately 40-50 fatal or serious crashes a year,” Covelli said.
“So, nine months to complete the full investigation is not uncommon. We seek thoroughness, accuracy, and completeness over speed,” Covelli added.
Gallaga was taken into custody at her home on Monday. She remains held in the Lake County Jail on a $25,000 bond.