A Lake County sheriff’s deputy was struck head-on by a drunk driver, who fled the scene on foot but was arrested by the injured sheriff’s deputy who managed to free himself from the wreckage and chase the man, officials said.
Carlos R. Perez-Cordero, 24, of the 38300 block of North 3rd Avenue in unincorporated Spring Grove, was charged with two counts of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol and one count of driving under the influence of alcohol. He was cited for operating a vehicle without insurance and improper lane usage.
A Lake County sheriff’s deputy was traveling eastbound on Grass Lake Road west of Stonegate Drive in unincorporated Antioch around 1:05 a.m. Friday.
A 2002 Chevrolet Impala, driven by Perez-Cordero, west traveling westbound on Grass Lake Road when it crossed the center median and struck the deputy head-on, Lake County Sheriff Spokesman Sgt. Christopher Covelli said.
Both vehicles sustained major damage. Perez-Cordero attempted to flee on foot but the deputy was able to free himself from his damaged squad car and pursue the man, Covelli said.
The deputy caught up to Perez-Cordero and arrested him. Police determined the man was driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash, Covelli said.
Perez-Cordero and the deputy were both transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville with non-life-threatening injuries. Both have since been treated and released.
Perez-Cordero was transported to the Lake County Jail and is scheduled to appear in court Friday. Additional charges are likely.
“We are extremely thankful the sheriff’s deputy was not killed or seriously injured in this senseless crash. I am very impressed that after being involved in a major crash, the deputy was able to pursue the fleeing offender on foot,” Lake County Sheriff John Idleburg said.
“The drunk driver will be held accountable for his poor decisions, which could have ultimately cost lives,” Idleburg added.