A 23-year-old man was charged with DUI after he slammed his pickup truck into the Antioch Chamber of Commerce building early Saturday morning, police said.
The Antioch Police Department and Antioch Fire Department responded around 1 a.m. to the Antioch Chamber of Commerce, 882 Main Street, for a report of a 1997 Ford pickup truck that had crashed into the building.
Police said that an investigation showed that the truck was traveling at a high rate of speed southbound on Main Street when the driver failed to negotiate the slight curve at Orchard Street, causing him to crash into the building.
The driver of the truck, Dimitry Skinner, 23, of Grayslake, told officers he consumed alcohol and drugs prior to the crash, according to Antioch Police Spokesman Sgt. Charles Smith. Skinner was transported by paramedics to an area hospital.
A witness reported the truck also failed to stop for the red light at Orchard Street just prior to the crash. Skinner was charged with driving under the influence.
Information regarding bond and court proceedings were not immediately available, police said.
“The building suffered extensive damage and a board up service was contacted. The building and surrounding sidewalks are closed for obvious safety reasons,” Smith said.
Despite the crash, the Antioch Chamber of Commerce will still be hosting Antioch’s Champagne & Chocolate Holiday Walk Saturday from 12-4 p.m., authorities said.