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Father arrested after driving drunk with 6-year-old in the car near Barrington, police say

Corey S. Freier, 28, of Crystal Lake.

A father was arrested after police say he drove drunk with his young child in the car near Barrington and then resisted arrest as deputies tried to take him into custody.

Corey S. Freier, 28, of the 300 block of Kay Street in Crystal Lake, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving, child endangerment, resisting arrest and driving without insurance.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call on Sunday for a possible impaired driver traveling northbound on Route 59 from Route 14 in Barrington.

Lake County Sheriff Spokesman Sgt. Christopher Covelli said the caller reported that the vehicle was driving all over the road, varied its speed and stopped at a green light.

Sheriff’s deputies located the vehicle in the area of Route 59 and Kelsey Road in Tower Lakes.

The deputy observed the vehicle weaving from the center lines to the white fog line.

The deputy conducted a traffic stop and spoke to the driver, identified as Freier. Freier had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath, Covelli said.

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It was also determined Freier had a suspended driver’s license and deputies arrested him. The man’s 6-year-old child was also in the car.

“When walked to the back of the squad car, he refused to sit inside. He was informed several times he was under arrest and requested to sit in the squad car,” Covelli said.

Freier eventually sat down in the squad car but then wedged his foot in the door to prevent deputies from closing it. He was transported to the Lake County jail and released on a $3,000 recognizance bond.

The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) was notified of the incident due to the child’s life being endangered, Covelli said, adding the child was safely turned over to their mother.


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