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Man arrested after fleeing scene of crash involving police car in Woodstock

Police arrest Edgar Flores, 30, in the 600 block of East Calhoun Street in Woodstock Friday evening. | Photo: Alex Vucha.

A 30-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly struck a responding police car in Woodstock and fled the scene on Friday, authorities said.

Edgar Flores, 30, of the 600 block of East Calhoun Street in Woodstock, was charged with leaving the scene of a property damage accident, a Class A misdemeanor.

The Woodstock Police Department was dispatched around 6:45 p.m. Friday to a domestic disturbance call on the north side of town.

One of the officers responding, who was driving a fully marked police squad, had his emergency lights and sirens activated, Woodstock Police Chief John Lieb said.

The squad car was traveling northbound on Route 47 near Irving Avenue. Traffic in the northbound lane was at a standstill.

A police car sustained minor damage after a crash involving another car near Route 47 and Irving Avenue in Woodstock Friday evening. | Photo: Alex Vucha.

The squad car was in the designated center turn lane of the roadway when a red four-door Chevrolet pulled out on Route 47 to go southbound from a parking lot of a strip mall.

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Lieb said the officer saw the Chevrolet and was almost able to come to a complete stop when the Chevrolet struck the squad car head-on.

The Chevrolet backed up, drove around the squad car and then fled the scene, Lieb said. The officer attempted to follow the offending vehicle but lost sight.

The Chevrolet was later found parked nearby in the 600 block of East Calhoun Street.

Edgar Flores, 30, of Woodstock.

Lieb said that the car was unoccupied when officers approached and Flores walked out of the residence. He admitted to being the driver that struck the police car.

Both Flores and the officer involved were uninjured in the crash. Flores was arrested and transported to the Woodstock Police Department.

He was processed and released from custody after being assigned a court date of August 6. The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office also assisted with the investigation.


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