A Chicago man was arrested after he allegedly fled the scene of an injury crash in Lake Forest while his two young children were in the car without child seats.
Samuel I. Cox, 24, of the 100 block of North Laramie Avenue in Chicago, was charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, operating an uninsured vehicle, driving while license suspended, unlawful possession of cannabis, child restraint violation and child endangerment.
The Lake Forest Police Department responded around 8:06 p.m. December 12 to a vehicle crash at the intersection of Route 41 and Route 60.
Officers located one vehicle, driven by Zacaria A. Fisher‐Porties, 21, of Bellwood, in the intersection with heavy damage.
Police said the second vehicle involved, driven by Cox, had fled the scene and exited Route 41 onto Deerpath Road, according to witnesses.
While speaking to Fisher‐Porties, officers smelled the odor of cannabis in the vehicle and determined she was driving on a suspended driver’s license, officials said.
Fisher‐Porties was cited for driving while license suspended and unlawful possession of cannabis.
The Lake Bluff Police Department located Cox’s vehicle on Symphony Lane in Lake Forest a short time later.
Cox had two children, ages 2 and 3, in his vehicle who were not in child seats, officials said. Police also located a quantity of cannabis in Cox’s vehicle.
The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) was contacted and informed of the situation, police said.
Cox was arrested at the scene and transported to the Lake County jail where he was released after posting 10% of his $10,000 bond.