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Man charged with DUI after speeding with emergency lights activated on his vehicle in Lincolnshire

Christopher J. Faulkner, 39, of Highwood.

A Highwood man is facing numerous charges including DUI after police saw him speeding and using emergency lights on his truck near Lincolnshire.

Christopher Faulkner, 39, of the 200 block of the Highwood Avenue in Highwood, was charged with aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol, driving on a revoked driver’s license, obstructing identification, illegal transportation of alcohol, unlawful use of emergency lights and following too closely.

A Lake County sheriff’s deputy was on patrol around 5:15 p.m. Monday in the area of Interstate 94 and Route 22 near Lincolnshire.  The deputy observed a Dodge Ram pickup truck traveling northbound on Interstate 94 at a high rate of speed.

Lake County Sheriff Spokesman Sgt. Christopher Covelli said that the driver of the Dodge had blue and white emergency lights activated.

The truck did not have any police markings and the sheriff’s deputy got closer to the investigate. The driver of the truck deactivated the emergency lights as the deputy approached, Covelli said.

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The sheriff’s deputy conducted a traffic stop and spoke to the driver, identified as Faulkner. The man claimed his brother was a Lake County sheriff’s deputy, which was determined to be false, Covelli said.

Faulkner initially provided a false name and it was determined he was hiding his actual name because he had a revoked driver’s license and a parole violation warrant from the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Sheriff’s deputies also determined the man to be under the influence of alcohol. The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case and additional charges are possible.

Anyone who recognizes Faulkner as someone who pulled them over is asked to call the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit at 847-377-4424.

Faulkner remains held in the Lake County Jail on a $200,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court again on June 15.


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